As many of you who read this blog probably already know, I am from South Carolina, USA. I also graduated from the University of South Carolina, and I am a big Gamecock sports fan. I wear a Gameock hat almost every day on the malecon, and especially on cruise ship days. In fact, a lot of people at the port used to call me Gamecock, or Carolina.
On cruise ship day I always wear a South Carolina Gamecock hat and shirt, and people off of cruise ships always comment on it, and ask me if I am from South Carolina. I meet a lot of people this way, and also do a lot of business, because people recognize my hat and shirt. It usually strikes up a conversation, and I have met a lot of other Gamecock fans here off of cruise ships, and of course a couple of Clemson fans. I have noticed not too many Clemson fans take cruises, I guess it is hard to leave the farm and the chickens and goats for a week to go on a cruise.
My Gamecock attire has gotten so popular here, that a lot of the locals have noticed that it attracts a lot of attention, and because of this they keep asking me for Gamecock hats and shirts. In fact I gave a Gamecock hat to a Mexican woman friend of mine to wear, and her father liked the hat so much, he took it for himself.
I have mentioned the fact on Facebook that if I could get some Gamecock attire, I could turn Mahahual into a Gamecock stronghold in southern Mexico. A friend of mine Dan Austin, who is a coach for the University of South Carolina football team, sent me a package of Gamecock stuff around Christmas, and I showed my Gamecock stuff to some of the local guys here, and they starting begging me for Gamecock hats and shirts.
Another friend of mine Jamie Meeks from Clinton, South Carolina, got together with his mother who works at a thrift shop I think, and sent me a box of Gamecock stuff yesterday. There were shirts for me, and also some childrens Gamecock attire, in fact there was a Gamecock cheerleading outfit sent to fit a little girl. There were some children’s size Gamecock stuff also.
So yesterday I gave out some of the stuff out to a couple of the kids on the malecon, and gave Kane, a waiter at the Tropicante, an official Gamecock jersey, and you would have thought it was Christmas around here. Kane has been asking for a hat or shirt for the last couple of months, and I gave him the jersey yesterday, and he just walked by wearing it, I don’t think he has taken it off since I gave it to him.
My goal is to get everyone in the village attired in Gamecock sportswear, and turn them into Gamecock fans. Most of the people in Mahahual never even heard of South Carolina, or the Gamecocks for that matter, until I arrived, now they all want Gamecock hats and shirts.
I am also waiting on some footballs, I am planning a football clinic on the beach here this summer with the local malecon kids. I even got my kicker picked out, “Chippy”, he can kick a soccer ball a mile, and he is only about 8 years old. I am going to try to groom him into being a field goal kicker, and linebacker, he is built stocky for a Mexican kid. The local kids keep coming by and asking me when will the footballs get here, they are ready to go.
So here are photos of some of the people down here decked out in Gamecock hats and attire. I will have more photos later because I have some more kids Gamecock shirts to give out in the next couple of days.
If anybody else has anything they want to send down let me know, I can tell you how to get it here. I will accept anything from South Carolina except Clemson stuff, they don’t like orange down here. Again, thanks Dan Austin, and Jamie Meeks for sending me some Gamecock stuff, it is appreciated and will be put to good use.
Thanks for reading, and Go Cocks,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina