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Swinney Making a Difference

Swinney Making a Difference

By Philip Sikes // Athletic Communications

Kathleen Swinney, the wife of head football coach Dabo Swinney, has been directly affected by breast cancer. This spring, Kathleen lost her sister Lisa to the disease while she was in her 40s. That’s why the month of October is such an important one in the Swinney household.

October has become known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where charities worldwide aim to increase awareness of and raise funds in support of research into its cause, prevention, prognosis and cure.

“My other sister and I are breast cancer gene carriers,” she said, “so we feel very strongly about helping other women fight this terrible disease.”

The Swinneys, through the All-In Team Foundation, support breast cancer research as we detailed in this release at the football press conference prior to the NC State game. The foundation partnered with OOBE and designed a clothing line featuring a pink breast cancer ribbon on the sleeve. 

Kathleen Swinney contributed to the cause Friday by purchasing clothes in Tigertown Graphics, one of the retailers carrying the special line.

“We hope a lot of people will come out and purchase some of the clothing line here at Tigertown Graphics, and at Palmetto Moon and the Tiger Sports Shop as well,” she said. “We’re trying to do our small part to try and help make a difference in any way we can.”

The Tiger football program will also do its part on Saturday against Louisville, as players and coaches will don pink apparel to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to purchase special pink Tiger Paw breast cancer pins, available here on