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Upstate Spring 14 Magazine Online

The University of South Carolina Spartanburg started that year on the bottom floor of the nursing residence of Spartanburg General Hospital. Robert “Bob” Amick of Spartanburg was one of the university’s first 177 students. He said he was excited about the startup of the new school in his hometown and even more so, about the opportunity to play basketball. “I have a lot of good memories there,” Amick said. “There was a small group of us from area high schools who were in the first class. We all meshed well together.” Amick said that looking back they knew the school’s name would probably change and that the location would have to change, but he knew he was about to be part of something great. “Look at it now,” Amick said. “Back then it was a huge leap of faith to start that school, but it was really a huge leap for mankind.” Amick joined the Bantams basketball team, and while he admits they maybe weren’t the most talented players in the school’s history, they did win six games that year. “We represented the school well,” Amick laughed. “The tallest guy on the team was probably 6-foot-5, and I was maybe 5-foot-8.” We traveled around to all the USC campuses playing ball.” Since the school didn’t have a gymnasium, the team made arrangements to practice at area junior high schools and played their home games at Spartanburg High School. The next year, Amick would receive his draft As I sit on the platform with members of the Commission during graduation, I always look out at those young people and think that was me almost 50 years ago. notice and leave the school to go to war. Classmate Jane Bottsford '69 said she never really had a choice about whether she wanted to go to college. “My mother graduated from Limestone and it was never a 2014 Spring Upstate Magazine 66  


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