There’s so much more to love about Dabo Swinney, Clemson head coach, than just his knowledge of the game.
On Wednesday, Swinney hosted kids from the ClemsonLIFE Program at football practice and then drove them over to Memorial Stadium in a game day bus.
What is the ClemsonLIFE Program?
It’s a program at Clemson University that is designed for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus.
According to The Clemson Insider, the program offers a 2-year Basic Program that promotes functional academics, independent living, employment, social and leisure skills, and health and wellness skills.
There is also an Advanced Program offered for students that complete the Basic Program and show promising ability to live independently safely, maintain employment and socially integrate with others in the program and on campus. Students that successfully complete both the Basic and Advanced Program receive a certificate, kind of like a diploma, of postsecondary education.
It seemed as if there were no limits to Swinney’s generosity. After running down the Hill with all the kids from the program, Swinney took individual pictures with each child, and then presented the ClemsonLIFE Program with a check made out for $35,000 from his own All-In Foundation.
In an interview with The Clemson Insider, Swinney said, “The ClemsonLIFE program stands for learning is for everyone. These young people live life the way we should all live life. They really do. It’s just a pleasure to be around them.”
It’s a refreshing thing to see athletes and sports coaches alike support good causes like the ClemsonLife Program because it shows that these people really care about the community’s that they represent on the field.
“The ClemsonLIfe Program is amazing. It is absolutely amazing,” Swinney said. “It was so much fun to be a part of.”
Three cheers for Swinney!
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports