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Solid Orange Squad Update – October 2008

Nov. 5, 2008

Five Student-Athletes Attend High Praises Church Fall Festival On Sunday, October 26, five members of the Solid Orange Squad visited High Praises Church in Williamston, SC for their Fall Festival. The athletes handed out candy and Clemson stickers, and signed autographs for the children dressed in Halloween costumes. The athletes in attendance at the event were Michael Feathers and Ashley Good from the track and field team, Victoria Graham and Caitlin O’Neil from the rowing team and Stephanie Fura from the swimming and diving team.

Solid Orange Squad Members Read to Students at Starr Elementary On Thursday October 23, nine student-athletes and members of the Solid Orange Squad read to several classes at Starr Elementary in Anderson, SC. The athletes were each given a book, and visited different classrooms where they read to the children. Afterwards, the athletes answered the children’s’ questions about what it is like to be a Clemson Tiger.

Mairi Timboli from the Tiger rowing team commented on the athletes’ experiences at the event.

“Many of the kids came to school dressed in their Clemson gear and were really excited to meet us and ask us questions. A lot of the athletes commented though that they felt they were just as excited as the kids. It is a unique and humbling feeling to walk into a room and hear all the kids whispering to each other `They’re here! They’re here!’ Being there brightened the day for all of us – especially when a few of the classes sent us off with a Clemson cheer.”

The athletes in attendance were Mairi Timboli, Hilary Cumbest, Jenn Agee, Michelle Nance, Lydia Hassell, Andrea Belbusti, Meg Bendik and Carla Eglund from the rowing team, and McCuen Elmore from the golf team.

Solid Orange Squad Visits Edwards Middle School On Tuesday, Chad Holt of the men’s track and field team visited Edwards Middle School to talk about what it means to be a Tiger. The students watched a video of Clemson student-athletes giving their opinion of what it means to be a Clemson Tiger. The students then had the opportunity to ask Chad questions. The students were also given Clemson stickers and a copy of the Be-a-T.I.G.E.R! newspaper.