Inducted in Athletic Hall of Fame
Florence resident and Hemingway native Bryant (Pedro) Julius was inducted into the USC Salkehatchie Athletic Hall of Fame on Dec. 9, 2017. Julius was in the first recruiting class when USC Salk returned basketball as a sport in the fall of 2007. He played two years at Salk and was selected the Male Athlete of the Year for the 2008-2009 year, based not only on athletes but academics and campus service.
According to Jane Brewer, Athletics Director at USC Salkehatchie, Julius was the leader of that first team and was instrumental in creating excitement and enthusiasm for basketball at Salkehatchie both with his teammates and the campus community at large. Bryant maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher all four semesters he was at Salk, Brewer said, and he received his associate’s degree in May 2009.
He was part of the basketball team group that initiated the visits and partnership with Black Street Early Childhood Center, volunteering regularly. After receiving his degree at Salk, he signed to play at Francis Marion University, playing basketball while completing his bachelor's degree in business. He lives in Florence. Selection to the USC Salkehatchie Athletic Hall of Fame, according to Jane Brewer, is to recognize former USC Salkehatchie athletes for outstanding achievements and contributions both to the USC Salkehatchie campus and to the greater community.
Nominations for the award are submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee for their review and decision. To be considered, a candidate, during his/her undergraduate days at USC Salkehatchie, should have performed in intercollegiate athletics in a manner that may be considered outstanding.
The nominees must have demonstrated good citizenship both while at USC Salk and after leaving. “Pedro is most deserving of this award,“ says Brewer. “Not only a great basketball player, but a great student and a great campus leader. And his great involvement with the community at the Early Childhood Center and with our Student Government Association was even further evidence of his great character. He is truly an example of what the ideal Salk athlete should be.”