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Fighting On... Forever!

From the front row of the student section in the Galen Center to being on the field with Traveler Crew in the Coliseum, the Helenes support Trojan Athletics in any way we can. Outside of attending games, we also face paint at basketball games and spend time with other Helenes making USC spirited crafts like flower crowns and bracelets. We love supporting our athletic teams and rooting them to victory!


A message from our

Director of Athletics


Hi! My name is Anusha Deshpande, and I am the 2024 Director of Athletics for the USC Helenes. 


Spirit is one of the four core pillars of our organization, and it has tied the Helenes to USC since our organization’s establishment in 1921. We believe that USC athletics and spirit is integral to furthering our mission as Helenes and serving the University. As Director of Athletics, I hope to continue strengthening the relationship between USC athletics and the Helenes with the goal of incorporating more ways we can support our school’s incredible athletics program. Helenes athletics is where I found my home in this organization, and it is my utmost priority to make this a compassionate, empathetic, welcoming space for ALL individuals to grow their Trojan spirit.


One of our beloved spirit traditions of the fall include arriving at the football games prior to the gates opening, cheering as loud as we can during the entirety of the game, dancing with the Trojan Marching Band throughout, and losing our voices throughout the process. You may have seen us guard our beloved Hecuba statue in the village during Rivalry week in November, day and night. During the spring, we attend the basketball games where we scream at the top of our lungs for our men’s and women’s teams as they fiercely compete against many of our greatest rivals (including UCLA *gasp*). We are proudly the official hosts of the Swim with Mike fundraiser, which takes place in April, and provides scholarships to athletes who are physically challenged. Throughout the year, we try to attend one sporting event for each USC sports team to show our love and appreciation for all our Trojan athletes and their dedication. To make sporting events more enjoyable for both those who love sports and may not be quite there yet, we will providing information pertinent to the logistics/rules of the various sports whose games we attend. 


All of us Helenes have cardinal and gold blood pulsing through our veins, and we love showing our Trojan spirit in a variety of different ways. We believe, as the official hosts of USC, that it is our responsibility to our Alma Mater to ensure that Trojan spirit remains steadfast as we both preserve important traditions and develop new ones. We thank you for entrusting us with this honor. If there is an event you would like to see the USC Helenes show our spirit at, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Fight On!


Helenes love and all of mine,

Anusha M Deshpande (she/her/hers)

Director of Athletics | USC Helenes

A message from our

Director of University Affairs


Hello everyone! My name is Vishu Reddy and I feel so excited and privileged to serve as the 2023 USC Helenes Director of University Affairs! As the liaison between Helenes and USC’s university and student-run events, I seek to contribute to and facilitate a campus culture where all feel welcome!


Helenes is proud to work in conjunction with the President’s Office, the Office of Cultural Relations, and University Events. We have upheld our role as the official hosts of the University of Southern California by serving at the Scripter Awards, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Emeriti Center, the Career Fair, the Kortschak Learning Center, and so much more! There are so many sectors within campus that make USC feel like home for so many, from our beloved Trojan Marching Band to our thousands of registered student organizations and amazing hospitality workers. It is with great joy that in giving support to our campus communities, we can spread Helenes love and truly strengthen our Trojan Family!


USC Helenes feels it is a privilege to represent this university, and we are constantly seeking new opportunities to be of assistance to this campus and give back to our greater Los Angeles community. Our hope is that our campus and its surrounding communities know and feel that they can count on Helenes for our unwavering support. If you are interested in having the USC Helenes at an event, please do not hesitate to contact me at my email! As always, fight on!


Helenes love and all of mine,

Vishu Reddy (she/her)

Director of University Affairs

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