BUIES CREEK, N.C.-The Lady Camels along with Campbell University Director of Athletics Bob Roller took time on Valentine's Day to visit a special member of the CU family, longtime supporter Josephine Gilliland, at the Brookfield Retirement Center in Lillington.
Gilliland, known as "Miss G" to many members of the extended Campbell community, has devoted much of her life to helping young people and to the University, living in Buies Creek since the mid-1960's. She worked as a dorm mom before the days of residence assistants in Jones Dorm for 16 years.
In the days of Carter Gymnasium, Campbell Basketball's home for 55 years before moving to the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center in 2008, Miss G could be spotted at nearly every men's and women's basketball home game, and is described as a loyal and devoted fan of the game.
"This was a great opportunity for our players to give back to our community that is always so supportive of us," said women's basketball head coach Wanda Watkins. "One of our players actually said to our coaching staff that every time she left Brookfield, she has a big smile on her face. That's what it's about, just bringing a little cheer to the folks that have been so good to us, and also some that we don't know."
Tuesday's Valentine's Day visit was the second from the Lady Camels in 2012, after the team also made the trip on Miss G's 93rd birthday in January.
The team also took time to visit many other residents at Brookfield on Tuesday, offering cookies and other Valentine's snacks.
"It was a great experience. I thought it was really special that (CU Athletic Director) Bob Roller and his wife, Carolyn, went along with us," added Watkins. "The goodies that Carolyn brought were such a hit with all the residents there. I think it really brightened their day Valentine's Day."
Campbell will return to the court this Saturday, Feb. 18 at Coastal Carolina. The Lady Camels will return home for their final pair of home games on Feb. 25 against Winthrop and Feb. 27 against Presbyterian.