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What’s Happening with SOS…

What’s Happening with SOS…

Nov. 1, 2011

October has been a very busy month for the Solid Orange Squad and the Be a T.I.G.E.R! program. For three weeks in a row, SOS has traveled to at least one school each day for an assembly program. It is exciting to see how far the program has come and how Clemson’s student-athletes are positively affecting the lives of children in the area.

Carlos Littlejohn, a faculty member at Stone Academy wrote, “Clemson’s student-athletes continue to inspire Stone Academy students.” This is the second year in a row that SOS has worked with Stone Academy’s FAME and CHAMPS programs.

Another school that SOS visited was Varennes Academy. Trevor Kieboom, a freshman baseball player, described his experience below:

“Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of third, fourth and fifth grade students at Varennes Academy about what it means to be a T.I.G.E.R. Being a Clemson Tiger is bigger than just playing for your team and representing Clemson University. Being a T.I.G.E.R is about being part of the Clemson family and representing this university with integrity. I chose to speak to these kids because I feel that I need to give back to a community who has already given so much to me. The focal part of my speech was doing the right thing when nobody is looking and finding success within yourself. I really enjoyed this experience because I felt like I got just as much out of it as the kids did.”

As October comes to an end, the schedule will start to open up a little bit and SOS won’t be on the go every day. With fewer assembly programs, SOS will have the chance to begin working on the newspaper and planning for the field day in the spring.