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Clemson football players head to Haiti for mission trip

GREENWOOD, S.C. — If you ever wonder what the football team does in between the end of a school year and the start of summer workouts – it simple, they go help out those in need.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told The Clemson Insider prior to Monday’s Prowl & Growl event in Greenwood that a large group of his players are currently in Haiti as part of a mission trip. They are working with former Clemson defensive back, now Pittsburgh Steeler, Coty Sensabaugh’s “Soles4Souls” organization.

There is also another group of players currently in California working on an internship.

“They’re all over,” Swinney said. “We’ve got a group of them on a mission trip in Haiti. We’ve got another group of guys that competed — I think we had 19 guys compete — for seven spots to go do an internship in California with Adobe. So, we’ve got a group out there doing an internship. We’ve got a big group that went off to Haiti on a mission trip, kind of tied into Coty Sensabaugh and the organization, ‘Soles4Souls.’

“And then we’ve got a bunch of them that have just gone home or whatever, so I’m really happy that they’re all getting a break.”

Swinney said the “Soles4Souls” mission trip came about through the football program’s Paw Journey Program after Sensabaugh’s team reached out for volunteers.

“We had a bunch of guys who wanted to participate,” Swinney said. “It is something we hoped to do every year this time when school is out. I think they are over there for about eight or nine days. But this is something we want to do every year to give them that opportunity and to give them that experience.”

Soles4Souls is a non-profit social enterprise that believes everyone around the world deserves a good pair of shoes. It creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

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