The upcoming USC Aiken Sports Auction Plus not only is a great way for fans of the program to benefit the athleticw department, but it’s also a neat way to pick up some unique Christmas gifts.

The auction, which will take place on Friday and will start with music and a silent auction at 6 p.m., will feature more than 200 items. Included among them are an autographed Nolan Ryan jersey, a trip to Myrtle Beach for a week, a Big Green Egg, a fully-loaded USC Gamecock painted golf cart and much more.

“I think that this year’s auction will be no different than what we’ve done in the past,” USCA athletic director Randy Warrick said. “It’s a fun time and everyone who comes will enjoy themselves. We have a lot of nice items and we’ve got something for everyone.”

Tickets to the auction are $50, or $350 for a table of eight. Dinner will also be served around 7:15 p.m. and there will also be an open bar available.

“It is a really fun time and it is an awesome event and a great way to meet new people,” USCA assistant athletic director Brian Hand said. “You can’t beat this for taking your wife or girlfriend on a nice night out. Maybe you’ll even get something for someone on your Christmas list. But the most important thing is that it all goes back to helping USCA athletics and that’s what it’s all about.”

The auction takes place every two years with Warrick remembering that it started some time in the early ’90s. Hand estimates that the auction will bring in between $10,000 to $15,000.

“This year in particular the auction will be a good fundraiser for us,” Warrick said. “We always use it as a major fundraiser for the athletic department, but this year with funds being as tight as they are it is more important that we have a good auction this year. We’ve worked very hard to get the word out about the auction, to get a lot of very nice auction items and hopefully it will be a big success for us.”

Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.

USCA Sports Auction Plus

Friday, Dec. 14

Doors open at 6 p.m., auction set to begin at 9 p.m.

Tickets: $50 ($350 for a table of eight), none will be sold at the door

For more information: call 641-3486