As Tiger fans travel these uncharted waters together without any sports to escape into, it is refreshing to see the good being done by current and former Clemson players.
You have Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend, Marissa Mowry, announcing the start of their new relief fund. This fund will be for individuals and families affected by COVID-19. Community Foundation in Northwest Georgia is sponsoring the cause, and the fundraiser has recently been approved by the NCAA.
“Marissa and I have created the Fund to help our friends and neighbors in the Cartersville and Upstate South Carolina communities deal with some of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 situation. We hope others will join us in supporting the many families in need. These are challenging times, and no one should be left behind.”Clemson University Sophomore Quarterback Trevor Lawrence
“The needs will change over time, but we will work with trusted local charities to serve the communities we both love. Right now, we expect to assist families as they struggle with some pretty basic needs.”Anderson University Freshman Soccer player Marissa Mowry
Then you have former Clemson and current Texans Quarterback, Deshaun Watson, trying to help out his community as best he can during this difficult time. He donated money this week to feed hundreds of hospitality workers in Houston for the next 1-2 weeks that had lost their jobs or had a significant financial strain during the coronavirus pandemic.
Through his foundation Watson has donated to the Restaurant Workers Relief Program that is working with a relief center at Riel Restaurant that is producing 250-300 free meals a day. Watson has also been providing lunch and dinner meals for nurses at Ben Taub Hospital.
Meanwhile Deshaun Watson’s friend and former teammate in Houston, DeAndre Hopkins, now has a new home after the Texans traded him to the Arizona Cardinals, and he has immediately made an impact in his new community. After the breakout of the coronavirus pandemic, sports were put on hold, but Hopkins is helping out by donating $150,000 to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund. He released it in a statement on his Twitter account.
These are just a few examples that can be found showing the culture Dabo Swinney has helped to build with the Clemson football program. Clemson fans, like all Americans, are hating that there will be no college spring games next month, plus the fact that no one knows what the future of college football, especially at Clemson, will look like when teams are allowed to return to the field. However, the family atmosphere and Clemson culture are on full display currently, as evidenced by what former and current Clemson players are doing, despite being spread out across the country.