Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hosted the kids from the Clemson Life Program at football practice on Wednesday, and afterwards he brought them over to Memorial Stadium on a bus like the football team uses on game days, where they ran down the Hill.
Swinney also took individual pictures with each child afterwards. Swinney’s All-In Foundation presented the Clemson Life Program a check for $35,000 after practice.
“This is a great day. All you have to do is look at the joy on their faces,” Swinney said. “It is just an awesome experience to be a part of.”
The Clemson LIFE Program offers a 2-year Basic Program that incorporates functional academics, independent living, employment, social/leisure skills, and health/wellness skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults.
Additionally, the Clemson LIFE Program offers a 2-year Advanced Program for students that have demonstrated the ability to safely live independently, sustain employment, and socially integrate during the Basic Program. The Advanced Program progresses with an emphasis on workplace experience, community integration, and independent living with transitionally reduced supports. Students who successfully complete the Basic or Advanced program will receive a corresponding certificate of postsecondary education.
“The Clemson Life Program is amazing. It is absolutely amazing,” Swinney said.
“They are all just amazing and the program is amazing and how it is run. It is something the foundation supports and we are just really blessed and honored at what they do. The Clemson Life Program stands for learning is for everyone,” he continued. “These young people live life the way we should all live life. They really do. It is just a pleasure and joy to be around them. To see them interact around practice and have fun, to see the joy to get autographs, and I wish you could have been on that bus when they hopped on that bus with a police escort and came around here. It was game time! It was so much fun to be a part of.”