CLEMSON — The pep rally featuring a “funeral” for the Gamecocks’ mascot and the annual Game Ball Run — this year to Columbia — are among the events leading up to next weekend’s Clemson-South Carolina football game.

Cocky’s Funeral
The Cocky’s Funeral pep rally will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the outdoor amphitheater. Clemson’s ROTC Tiger Platoon will lead a mock funeral for the University of South Carolina mascot and Col. Sandy Edge will deliver Cocky’s eulogy and conduct his “cremation.” The pep rally will feature performances by the male a cappella group Tigeroar, the Clemson cheerleaders, the Rally Cats and the featured twirler of the Tiger Band. The first 500 students to arrive at Cocky’s Funeral will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A peppermint milkshake and the first 300 students to arrive will also receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich.

Blood Bowl
Alpha Phi Omega is hosting the 31st annual Blood Bowl through Friday. The Blood Bowl, which supports the Blood Connection and AnMed Health, uses the rivalry to collect more blood donations and save more lives. Anyone in the community can donate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m at one of many on-campus locations. For more information about how to donate, click here. To find out how to donate in Florence or Myrtle Beach, click here.

Food Drive
Clemson and USC will also compete to see who can donate the most to Benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank through Monday. The university that collects the most donations in non-perishable foods will earn a point toward the 2015-16 Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series standings. The series pits the schools against each other at athletic events through the year. Food donations will be measured in pounds, and Harvest Hope will convert monetary donations into pounds. For more information, click here.

Sigma Nu Ball Run
Sigma Nu Fraternity will kick off the annual Clemson-South Carolina Ball Run at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Clemson Football Indoor Facility. Since 1977, fraternity members have carried the football to be used in the Clemson-South Carolina game 138 miles from Clemson to Columbia, or vice versa, depending on the location of the game. All proceeds support Dabo Swinney’s All In Foundation.

“Working with Dabo and his All In Foundation has drastically affected the Game Ball Run, and we are very grateful,” said Sigma Nu President Matthew Corbett. “The unwavering help and constant support from the foundation has really changed Game Ball Run for the better.”

Chicken Kickin Challenge
Clemson also is hosting the third annual Chicken Kickin Challenge. The challenge’s goal is to recruit 750 new donors, whose contributions will support student scholarships and Clemson Community Care, which helps local families in need. For more information, click here.