COLUMBIA, S.C. | The Florida A&M University football team was honored late Friday afternoon with a proclamation by South Carolina representative and FAMU alumnus Gilda Cobb-Hunter at the South Carolina Statehouse.
Cobb-Hunter is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and is her 27th year representing District 66 in Orangeburg County and resides in Orangeburg, S.C. She was awarded Florida A&M’s National Alumni Association 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award and is the first African American woman to be elected into the state house for the county she represents.
“I want to tell you how proud I am of the work you are doing,” Cobb-Hunter said. “What you are doing here at FAMU, doing this community service stuff, going to visit veterans and coming to the South Carolina Capital, all of this is a part of growing and a part of learning. I want you all to fully appreciate is once you leave the Highest of Seven Hills in Tallahassee, you are going to wind up somewhere, but wherever wind up, you will make a difference, because that is what Rattlers do.”
After Cobb-Hunter’s proclamation, she was awarded an autograph jersey by FAMU head coach Willie Simmons, before wrapping up the day with a team photo on the statehouse steps. Lastly, Cobb-Hunter and members of the team visited the African American Monument located on the statehouse grounds.
Florida A&M looks to snap a 14-game losing streak to South Carolina State on Saturday. Kickoff from Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3, with a rebroadcast on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m.
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