Rooms Designed for College Sports Celebrities

College of Charleston Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bobby Cremins and Brett Gardner ’05, starting left fielder for the New York Yankees, are among four sports figures participating in the Charleston Home + Design Show  “Celebrity Designer Idea Rooms” from Friday January 27, 2012 through Sunday January 29, 2012.  The show will be held at Gaillard Auditorium (77 Calhoun Street). 

The rooms are designed to reflect the image and personality of both Cremins and Gardner.  The two local celebrities worked with interior designers from furniture company Ethan Allan to outfit the spaces.  Cremins’ space will have a masculine look and a “man’s den” feeling.  He wants to use certain woods like pine for a comfortable and cozy feel and the color green somewhere in the room since he is Irish.  Gardner is going with a New York theme with Yankees colors and baseball memorabilia.

Since 2006, Bobby Cremins has been the head coach of the College of Charleston’s men’s basketball team.  Since Cremins began with the Cougars, they have won at least 20 games per season.  The 2010-2011 basketball team was the SoCon regular season champion. Cremins entered the University of South Carolina on a basketball scholarship in 1966.  After graduating, he played professional basketball for one year in Ecuador.  Cremins started his coaching career at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has since then coached at other colleges such as Appalachian State and Georgia Tech.

Brett Gardner, a three-year starter at the College of Charleston, was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2005.  In 2009, he helped the team to win the World Series.  His 85 runs in 2005 is the all time record at the College.

For participating in the show, $500 goes to the charity of the celebrity’s choice.  Cremins’ charity is the Neighborhood House of Charleston and Gardner’s is Miracle League of Charleston.  Visitors of the show will be able to vote on their favorite room, and the winning room’s charity receives an extra donation from the proceeds of the silent auction at the show.

President of the Charleston Riverdogs Mike Veeck and former NASCAR racecar driver and Stock Car Hall of Famer Ernie Irvan will be the other two celebrities to design rooms for the show.  The show is free and open to the public on Friday.  Tickets are to be sold for $7 for adults on Saturday and Sundays shows.

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