Mrs. Delores F. "Dodie" Anderson
USC Upstate Athletics "Sixth Man"
While she may not be running a full court press or shooting hoops on the Spartans’ basketball team, Mrs. Dolores “Dodie” Anderson’s presence will be very much felt at all events held in the newly renovated Hodge Arena. In many ways, Mrs. Anderson is the “Sixth Man” for the entire athletics program – always cheering, competitive, feisty, loyal and supportive – whether behind the scenes or courtside. Her love for the game and for the USC Upstate basketball program is legendary and her generous donation to fund the Hodge Arena renovation is unparalleled in Spartans history.
The single largest gift to date to USC Upstate’s athletics program, Mrs. Anderson’s $4 million donation has enabled the construction of a new gym floor, the renovation of locker rooms and a video theatre, and has provided for new seating, lighting, state-of-the-art scoreboards with video displays, basketball goals, sound system, video capabilities, cameras, scorer’s tables and expanded training facilities. The gift came at a crucial point as the university transitioned to NCAA Division I status, significantly raising the stature of the athletics program and boosting the university’s recruiting appeal.
Mrs. Anderson’s connection to USC Upstate is unique. A Chicago native with Norwegian family roots, she moved to the Carolinas with her husband Bob in 1950. She earned her degree later in life after raising her four children, graduating in 1981 from USC Upstate’s interdisciplinary studies program. She received the university’s Founders Day award in 1986, was inducted into the university’s Honor Fraternity in May 2005 and on the 25th anniversary of her graduation, the university presented Mrs. Anderson with the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding career accomplishments, service to the local community and to the university. Additionally she served on the board of directors of the Carolina Piedmont Foundation, the fundraising arm of USC Upstate.
In addition to being a strong supporter of the USC Upstate athletics program, especially men’s basketball, Mrs. Anderson also supports USC Gamecock football, the Girl Scouts of America (Old 96 Girl Scout Council) and the Greenville Humane Society. Mrs. Anderson’s large family includes four daughters, numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Philanthropy and community service are family traits. Mrs. Anderson’s daughters, Susan A. Bell, Nancy A. Finkell, Judith A. Gillespie and Randi A. Berry support USC Upstate and various organizations and charities in the Upstate area including their churches, Mobile Meals, Girl Scouts, and the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen.
For her unwavering support, energy, enthusiasm and presence, the University of South Carolina Upstate thanks Mrs. Dodie Anderson for being the athletics program’s “Sixth Man.” Just as important as any starting player, Mrs. Anderson’s influence and love of the game will be seen, heard and felt as the Spartans enter a new era of NCAA Division I competition.