Before and after Wednesday, the state’s college football coaches have their own teams to worry about.
But for one night, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Furman’s Clay Hendrix, Wofford’s Mike Ayers, South Carolina State’s Buddy Pough and The Citadel’s Brent Thompson will be on the same side. The Gamecocks will be represented by defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson.
They will gather for the seventh South Carolina Coaches for Charity event in Greenville.
The idea was conceived by former Air Force Academy coach Fisher DeBerry, a Cheraw native and Wofford College graduate. Each coach raises funds for a charity of his choice, and the event includes silent and live auctions as well.
DeBerry’s foundation raises funds to send children from single-parent homes to summer camps. DeBerry hosts similar events in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Denver, and this year his foundation will send more than 700 kids to camps.
“Forty-two percent of the kids in this country now are in single-parent families,” DeBerry said, “and we’re just trying to hopefully give them some opportunities that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
“We just want to try to impact their lives in a very positive way and then hopefully they can go back in and be a very positive influence in their respective schools across the state.”
Among the other charities are Dabo’s All-In Team Foundation, which raises awareness for education and health issues; the Muschamp-sponsored Edgewood Foundation Center, committed to educating and equipping citizens of the Edgewood community; and the Fellowship of Christian athletes.
In addition, each coach will present an award in honor of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
“Each coach selects someone from their community who best epitomizes the qualities of Jerry Richardson,” DeBerry said. “We honor Jerry this way for all that he has done for so many people.”