Former Gamecock to stress education at SAHS benefit


How a life influences others can have a great impact, and when an elite athlete shares their thoughts on the importance of education, his words can be far reaching.

Former University of South Carolina pitcher Michael T. Roth led the Gamecocks to consecutive College World Series championships, and although the elite athlete is now a professional baseball player as a member of the Los Angeles Angels organization, Roth’s character in and out of the classroom, his education and emphasis on his studies helped him earn several accolades, not only celebrating his athletic achievement but his academic ones, as well.

Roth will speak Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at South Aiken High School to benefit the South Aiken High School Athletic Booster Club.

“He’ll speak for 45 minutes and then there will be an autograph session, where people attending the event will be able to have one item autographed and have their picture made with him,” said Shere Ladd of the Booster Club. “We sent out a questionnaire, and the topic most people wanted Roth to talk about was his baseball career but also the importance of staying in school and getting an education. Everyone looks up to him because he won the College World Series.”

Roth was recognized with several distinguished academic honors, including the President’s Award, the 2012 SEC’s Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, as well as 2012 SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Tickets to the event are $30 each and include a Bobby BBQ dinner. Payments can be sent to South Aiken Athletic High School Booster Club, P.O. Box 5314, Aiken, SC 29802, or for more information, call Shere Ladd at 640-3700 or email