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ClemsonLIFE in the News

Night to Shine gives those with special needs time in the spotlight - Feb. 11, 2017

Friday night was one to remember for special needs teens and adults attending Night to Shine at Alive Wesleyan Church. Night to Shine is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and is in its third year. The goal of the event is to celebrate each attendee and make them feel loved and valued. Local organizer Hannah Covington said the night is free to attendees and they work very hard to make everyone feel like they're a star — complete with red carpet, paparazzi snapping pictures, and crowns for guests. Read more.


Miss Clemson shares victory walk with ClemsonLIFE contestant - Jan. 31, 2017

Clemson University held their 2017 Miss Clemson University pageant on Saturday night at the Brooks Center and the winner was Brooklyn Faye Garrett from Westminister. Garrett allowed ClemsonLIFE's Sydney Davis to share the spotlight with her after the win and join her on her victory walk. Davis has Down Syndrome and currently a sophomore at Clemson. Read more.


Clemson student with Down Syndrome to compete in pageant - Jan. 26, 2017

Most days, Sydney Davis can be found working at the bowling alley on the Clemson University campus, or listening to her favorite band One Direction, but lately, her focus has shifted. Davis is practicing ballroom dancing, public speaking and how to wave like a beauty queen as she gets ready to compete in the Miss Clemson University Scholarship Pageant. Read more.


TOPSoccer turns ClemsonLIFE students into mentors - Oct. 31, 2016

Every Wednesday night, the playing fields of Nettles Park are filled with energetic, laughing kids and coaches for a night of soccer. The TOPSoccer program enables 35 to 40 children ages four to 18 years old with disabilities to participate in organized sports for an evening of fun and exercise. Read more.


Clemson LIFE gives Columbus girl with Down Syndrome the college life - Oct. 29, 2016

Mason Hardin is a college kid, living the good life that comes with the newly found freedom associated with being a freshman and away from home for the first time. Read more.


ClemsonLIFE Program visits Clemson football practice - Oct. 20, 2016

The students hung out with Dabo Swinney and the coaches, players, received multiple autographs, threw the pigskin around with Deshaun Watson and others, rode the team bus, and even received a check for $40,000 from Dabo's All-In Foundation. Read more.


Providing a Future for ClemsonLIFE Students

Bob and Kaye Stanzione have established the Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professorship of ClemsonLIFE. The first Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professor of ClemsonLIFE is Dr. Joe Ryan, founder and executive director of the ClemsonLIFE program. This gift will make a difference in the lives of countless generations of future ClemsonLIFE students. Find out more.


University constituent group establishes ClemsonLIFE endowment, Clements family contributes $100,000

In less than two years, what began simply as an informational presentation about the ClemsonLIFE program to the university’s Board of Visitors has evolved into a grant-in-aid endowment to assist student participants and a supporting $100,000 gift from Clemson President James P. Clements and his wife, Beth.

In 2015, after learning about ClemsonLIFE, the spouses of the university’s Board of Visitors established an endowment to provide grants-in-aid to students enrolled in the program. They named it the Grace Catherine Clements ClemsonLIFE Endowed Grant-in-Aid in honor of the youngest daughter of the Clements’. Read more.


Clemson student beats the odds to join the swim team

All one student in the Clemson Life program wanted to do was join the Tiger Sharks swim team, but he couldn’t swim. See the full story here.


Clemson students with special needs move in for school year

A group of nearly 30 special needs students moved into their new dormitory rooms Sunday at Clemson University. The students are enrolled in the Clemson Life program and will learn how to take care of themselves, said Erica Walters, coordinator of Clemson Life. “I'm having mixed emotions right now. I'm just looking forward to living on my own, living independently,” said Emily Trumps, a freshman student in the program. A major goal of the program is to help the students learn skills to land solid jobs after finishing school, Walters said. Read more.


Molly's Kids: Hartley Plyler beats more odds, heads to campus

Hartley Plyler, a long time one of our MollysKids from Kings Mountain, was accepted into the ClemsonLIFE program. LIFE stands for “Learning Is For Everyone." It’s designed for students with intellectual disabilities who want to experience a college campus. It provides career studies… but also self-awareness and personal improvement through job internships and community work. Consider it campus life for kids born with obstacles most of us can't imagine. People like Hartley. She's determined and successful. Among other things, she was told she'd never walk, but has completed a 5k. Read more.