Gamecocks helmet sticker to honor Charleston shooting victims

South Carolina’s football team will wear a specially designed helmet sticker during all 12 regular season games this year to honor the “Emanuel 9” victims of the Charleston tragedy.

“Whether it’s Greenville, Columbia, Charleston or any other cities in South Carolina, we feel a tremendous sense of pride in this state,” athletics director Ray Tanner said in a statement released by the school Sunday. “The tragedy that happened in Charleston doesn’t just affect people in Charleston; it affects the entire state. We feel very much a part of that at the university.”

The sticker will feature nine doves flying from the trunk of a Palmetto tree. The design was submitted by Mount Pleasant artist Gil Shuler.

“Our team felt it would be appropriate to wear it,” head coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday.