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Hip Hop Legacy Diggy Simmons to Headline SC State Youth and Army ROTC Day
10/8/2014 4:52:00 PM

Youth and Army ROTC Day will feature Diggy Simmons

ORANGEBURG, S.C - SC State University’s Office of Admissions, Recruitment and Scholarships, in conjunction with the Department of Military Sciences and the Department of Athletics, will host the annual Youth and Army ROTC Day on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. in the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.

As an added attraction, 19-year-old rising hip hop artist, Diggy Simmons, son of Run DMC’s legendary Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, will perform live at a pre-game concert set for 11:30 a.m. Following the performance, the SC State Bulldogs will face off against the NC Central Eagles at 2 p.m.

Simmons released his debut mixtape “The First Flight” in 2009 and began non-stop touring and promoting his full-length debut “Unexpected Arrival”. He was immediately signed after racking up over 100,000 downloads. He was named “Artist to Watch” in 2011 by Billboard and he was on XXL’s prestigious annual Freshmen list.

In 2012, he earned the Black Entertainment Television (BET) “YoungStars” Award as well as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist” in the same year.

At the age of 19, Simmons took a break from his music to travel and focus on self-discovery. Soon after his hiatus he re-launched his blog, and released his second full-length album. His recently released his single “My Girl” which features Trevor Jackson. The music video for the single garnered more than 300,000 views in the first week of its release.

Not only is he busy with his music career and his blog, Simmons will be launching his new scripted BET Series, The Start-Up in 2015. Simmons will star in the show and serve as its co-executive producer. He describes the show as a “collective of friends” that don’t have much, but work together to reach a common goal.

Youth and Army ROTC Day is a special day designed to encourage elementary, middle and high school students, ages five to 17, to visit SC State’s campus and experience all that the university has to offer while enjoying an exhilarating football game.

During Youth and Army ROTC Day, children will enjoy face painting, inflatable bouncers and athletics sports clinics. They will also have the opportunity to meet all athletic teams, SC State University cheerleaders, various campus organizations and the drum line of the “best band in the land,” The Marching 101.

Tickets are $10 for youth ages 17 and under, and $10 per chaperone (one per every ten youth in a group). General admission tickets for the football game are $30.

For additional information, including ticket sales, contact SC State’s Ticket Office at (803) 536-8579.

Community groups and organizations that wish to participate in Youth and Army ROTC Day are encouraged to complete and view the registration packet at and return it to: SC State Ticket Office, P.O. Box 7511, Orangeburg, S.C. 29117, fax the registration form to (803) 533-3631 or send by email to Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on game day.


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