Over the past few years, the #GHive has evolved into the premier experience for fans of Gamecocks women’s basketball. If you’re not a member, then you’re missing out.
What is the #GHive, you may ask? It is a special group of ticket holders that is extremely passionate about Gamecocks WBB and everything it stands for. The #GHive fan club is named as nod to the #BeyHive, the infamous fan group of award-winning singer Beyonce (of whom women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley is a huge fan).
The #GHive is more than a fan experience; it is a source of lifeblood for the WBB program. The monies generated from these ticket sales help support the team, and the fan loyalty generates much-needed and much-appreciated publicity. More publicity brings more fans; more fans bring more money. More money helps keep the Gamecocks WBB team in the best positions to succeed in an increasingly competitive college sports landscape and beyond. Case in point: during the summer, it is a sight to behold the Gamecock love that alumnae A’Ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces), Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings), Kaela Davis (Dallas Wings), and Alaina Coates (Chicago Sky) receive during their respective WNBA games, and especially when they play in Atlanta, GA as Atlanta is only a 3-hour drive from Columbia.
This season, #GHive members get more cool perks. One of those is intra-Hive fan groups for each player, with personalized hashtags for use on social media. The groups are:
#3eez (Elysa Wesolek)
#35Hive (Alexis Jennings)
#52SmooveCrew (Tyasha Harris)
#ActionJacksons (Bianca Jackson)
#BusyBs (Bianca Cuevas-Moore)
#DazhiaVus (LaDazhia Williams)
#DestaNation (DeStanni Henderson)
#DoniyasDefenders (Doniya Cliney)
#HerbertHarrigang (Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan)
#LeLesGs (LeLe Grissett)
#PerrysPeeps (Nelly Perry)
#SweetTs (T’ea Cooper)
#VSquad (Victaria Saxton)
#GHive members received randomized autographed player cards this summer with the associated hashtags listed, as well as player trivia on the back of the card. I received my own card this summer and am rocking with the #ActionJacksons this season (fun fact from the back of the card: Bianca J. puts ranch dressing on everything she eats).
Just got mine in the mail and I’m apart of #DoniyahsDefenders !! Can’t wait to support her and see what she’ll during her senior year!!❤️ @Doniyah14 @GamecockWBB @dawnstaley #GHive pic.twitter.com/tC6M9vg8pU— Aislyn Jowers (@aislynjowers) July 30, 2018
What a neat surprise in my mail today from the G-Hive! @gamecockwbb fans who belong to G-Hive get free membership + benefits in a player's fan club! I'm a #LeLesGs. Yay! @dawnstaley @lele4grissett pic.twitter.com/NhMppU5GpM— Michael Sullivan (@mikesullivan08) July 28, 2018
@2121Mikiah, @LDazhia and @dawnstaley. I can’t wait for the upcoming season of Gamecock Women’s Basketball. Fan Club - #HerbertHarrigang and #DazhiaVus. I will post on my other social media pages. Go KIki! Go Dazhia! Go Gamecocks! pic.twitter.com/gcwMTdvITM— Christine Young-Robinson (@Christineyr) August 5, 2018
#GHive members also get cool T-shirts and other swag. This year’s T-shirts are straight fire and there are five different designs included with each ticket package.
Perhaps one of the best perks this season is not one, but two #GHive ticket package options. Ticket memberships are still available, but must be purchased by October 22. That’s not that far off, so make sure to join or re-up with the #GHive today. Can’t swing a season package? No worries: you can still buy single-game tickets to upcoming games. Click on the links to visit Ticketmaster, or visit the ticket office at the Colonial Life Arena (COLA).
The 2018-19 season officially kicks off with a non-conference exhibition game against Lander University on November 2 at the COLA, which includes an exclusive Fan Experience event for #GHive members. We will need the #GHive and the rest of the #GamecocksFAMs in full effect. Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an entertaining season: join the #GHive before it’s too late!
As always, make sure to follow Gamecocks WBB on Twitter for more updates. Thanks for stopping by. #Gamecocks