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P.A.W. Journey: C.U. in Life


C.U. in Life

The mission of C.U. IN LIFE is to equip our young men with the transferable tools necessary for a lifestyle of winning and address them as a whole person. Events within this program will teach our student-athletes critical life skills necessary to be respected and impactful men of society. Topics include finances, nutrition, etiquette and professionalism. This program also highlights our young men as servant leaders, providing them with opportunities in civic engagement. Whether it is in the local community, or across the world, tigers develop cultural competencies through sustainable service initiatives.

P.A.W. Journey Worldwide: Costa RicaP.A.W. Journey Worldwide: HaitiFall Team Community ServiceKicks, Cleats and Kids

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Las Palmas, Costa Rica May 8-14, 2018

Twelve football student-athletes traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to work with the undeserved community of Las Palmas. During their time, participants were able to construct three new homes, as well as create a neighborhood road for use amongst the community. Student-athletes were also able to gain cultural competency, hearing from leaders within the community, experiencing traditional cuisine and dances, and practicing Spanish throughout the week.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti May 7-12, 2017

May 7th-12th, a week that forever changed 16 student-athletes and 5 Clemson staff members, who traveled to Haiti with a non-profit organization known as Soles4Souls. The group coupled with Tiffany Turner, whom is the director of outreach for Soles4Souls, devoted their time to the Haitian community in more ways than one.

The group’s first venture began with a shoe distribution. Shoes were systematically given to children with players organizing the shoes by size and gender, then when the children came to receive their shoes players would first size each child’s foot and write their shoe size on the child’s wrist.

Next, the child would be taken into the room where all the shoes were housed and get their feet washed by a player. After that another player would then match the child with the correct shoe size based on the number on their wrist. By traveling to different schools throughout the week, the young men and women were able to have a maximal impact with more than 550 pairs of shoes allocated.

The group also spent a day with Feeding Hope, which is a non-profit organization in Montrouis, Haiti that provides hot meals for both men and women within the community. Feeding Hope feeds over 150 people a day and the team got to experience this first hand through helping serve over 400 meals.

2018 Fall Team Community Service

On October 9th, 2018 we came together for our Fall Team Service! We served over 270 families, all of 4 or more people; all families are local from Clemson, Central, and Seneca. 1,012 total people came to the facility. 301 were seniors and 360 were children (ages 12 or under), 6 mammograms were administered, 3 of which were first time users. 27 physicals/health checks were administered, including recreational therapy and dietary plans. We partnered with Littlejohn Community Center, to identify families in need and provided voter registration for participants. Golden Harvest Food Bank provided free, balanced groceries for our families! We also had free health checks and provided haircuts to families!

Kicks, Cleats and Kids

Kicks, Cleats, and Kids is our annual service project that is partnered with Clemson’s Call Me MISTER Program. Call Me MISTER serves economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities, Call Me MISTER identifies mentors for these children and actively seeks to enrich their everyday lives. By coupling this program with Kicks, Cleats, and Kids children are invited to spend a day with the team as they tour the facility, interact with our young men through games and activities, and receive a pair of new Nike shoes.

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