If you’ve ever been to a game at South Carolina, you’ve seen “Gamecock Jesus,” the long-haired super fan waving a flag and dancing in his own little world behind the basket. I got an up close and personal introduction to Gamecock Jesus (whose real name is Carlton Thompson) in 2014, when he practically gyrated in my face the entire game:
A lifelong fan and USC nursing school graduate, Gamecock Jesus is an institution at almost every South Carolina athletics event, and now, with the Gamecocks unpredictably in the Final Four, South Carolina fans have teamed up to make sure he goes to Phoenix. After Gamecock Jesus couldn’t afford to go to the East Regional in New York this past weekend, South Carolina fans started a GoFundMe page and raised over $5,000 to send him to the Final Four, well over their $3,500 goal. So, if you can stomach watching the games this weekend, keep an eye out for him, doing his thing. Here’s hoping he gets lots of screen time.