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South Carolina player organizes free football clinic for kids

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We happen to share plenty of the negative stories surrounding college football players in the offseason, so it is refreshing to be able to share a positive story.

Kaiwan Lewis, a starting linebacker at South Carolina, took it upon himself to organize a free football clinic for the Pleasantville Jokers junior football league team. He rounded up some former high school teammates and opponents to help out for the worthy cause. Some of those who helped out with the clinic included Virginia outside linebacker Max Valles and Penn State linebacker Brandon Bell. In all, 20 kids between the ages of six and 14 took advantage of the opportunity to work on some football skills in the clinic.

“I played on the same field as a child, so I wanted to come back and show the kids that there is a way out, and the world is bigger than this community,” Lewis said, according to The Press of Atlantic City. “I’m not going to be somebody who just made it and forget where I came from.”

“We either had our dad or our older brother take us outside,” Bell said,” so this is definitely better than anything we ever had. Hopefully we can grow and make it a bigger thing each year.”

It is important to remember there are plenty of college football players doing good things out there to hopefully make a difference. This story is a reminder of just that.

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16 Responses to “South Carolina player organizes free football clinic for kids”
  1. jec332 says: Jul 6, 2014 7:01 PM

    “I mean, thanks, but we want a camp run by a player from a winning football program.” -Kids

  2. jec332 says: Jul 6, 2014 7:35 PM

    Ok, Brandon Bell is at a winning program at Penn State, and Max Valles is at a solid program at UVA. The reality is that South Carolina is a dumpster fire of a program.

  3. connorparsons4 says: Jul 6, 2014 9:30 PM

    You’re an idiot. Do you think these children care about programs that are “historical” winners? You must not watch any college football because I’m sorry to break it to you but Sandusky state and va tech haven’t been better than the gamecocks in at least 7-8 years. And if you look at the gamecocks records the past 4 years we have the same number of 11 win seasons as Bama and Oregon. We are a winning program and if I was a kid from South Carolina I would absolutely love for some gamecocks to come teach me some stuff. Idk who your team is but the big 10 sucks, the big 12 is nonexistent, the ACC is almost competitive and Clemson and Georgia suck bad. So yea. Keep hating when we beat whoever your terrible team is.

  4. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jul 6, 2014 10:20 PM

    @jec332, do society a favor and step in front of a moving train.

  5. jec332 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:08 AM


    I’m sorry, I am not familiar with a Sandusky State, nor did I discuss Virginia Tech.

    Penn State is worlds ahead of you as a program, so that’s not even up for discussion.

    As for UVA, the school I actually referenced, I think it’s fair to say that they are traditionally a stronger program than South Carolina. They actually has ACC football conference titles in their history.

    You’re a doormat of a program. Even with Steve Spurrier, one of the best in the game, and a #1 overall draft talent playing for you, a huge advantage talent-wise, you can’t even win a conference title. That’s adding to the fact that you have NEVER won an SEC title This is the golden age of Gamecock football, and you’re not that great.
    Good luck with that.

  6. harmusmc says: Jul 7, 2014 2:08 AM

    You are all morons. Who the hell cares about what team the players that volunteered their time came from?! They chose to try and do something valuable for their community and for the kids that probably do not have anything resembling a role model. So why don’t you all pull your heads out of your own a$$ and thank those young men for not perpetuating the criminal image that seems to be taking CFB by storm and choosing to try and instill character in those kids. People like you are one of the things wrong with this country because you can’t recognize what’s important and what matters because your too wrapped up in your vanity, arrogance and ignorance. As a 10 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps that has gone, literally, all over the world and seen so many terrible, despicable and revolting things, to come back home and see something good like that makes me feel like the sacrifices my brothers and sisters-in-arms and I have made worth it. Then I read your maddening comments… I want to find you and teach you a lesson in humility and of the importance of giving back. However, since I am pretty sure none of you are the type to learn anything from an a$$ whipping just go live with the knowledge that that one act of those young men made them more of a man and asset to the community, state and nation than any of you ever were, are and have the possibility of ever becoming… combined.

  7. kaspauf says: Jul 7, 2014 7:28 AM

    How about we just recognize this for being a great act that is shadowed by so many unfortunate ones. Great job of these players doing something they didn’t have to do knowing no monetary reward will come but what they are doing for the kids/community is a great thing.

  8. floridacock says: Jul 7, 2014 8:51 AM

    jec332. Moron hiding behind a web post. Be a man and walk in that Carolina locker room and say that. Stupid has no bounds

  9. ningenito78 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:02 AM

    Well done fellas. Well done.

  10. chadfa says: Jul 7, 2014 9:22 AM

    You are clearly just trolling, but just so you know South Carolina won the ACC in 1969. So you may want to check that before saying ‘They actually has ACC football conference titles in their history.” about UVA, nice grammar by the way.

  11. doerfler000 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:46 AM

    Hey Everett (aka jec332),
    Regardless of the “winningness” of the program the SC players are supporting the young boys in the aea they grew up and are providing positive experiences. Unlike the experiences at PSU where the young boys were lured and then abused. So when you were a student there back in ’06, Everett, did you cheer for the Molester?

  12. dhardy8207 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:46 AM

    My God what is wrong with people today! You want to know why our younger generations are the way they are, look at the supposed adults on this thread that hopefully are not role models to anyone’s children!!!

    If players get in trouble, even for the smallest infractions, some of you are quick to jump on a thread and post your brand of punishment, demean the young man’s character, and even take it as far as ridiculing the entire university.

    This young man dedicated his time to “giving back” something that NFL players get slammed for once they become successful.

    His comments;

    “I played on the same field as a child, so I wanted to come back and show the kids that there is a way out, and the world is bigger than this community,”

    ““I’m not going to be somebody who just made it and forget where I came from.”

    KUDOS to this young man for giving back and remembering where he came from…

  13. dhardy8207 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:54 AM


    Thank you for your service, Sir…

  14. jonkybon says: Jul 7, 2014 10:38 AM

    Kudos to Kaiwan. It is a hell of a nice thing this young man did.

  15. classyjacklambert says: Jul 7, 2014 11:11 AM

    I hate the Gamecocks but this is admirable.

  16. connorparsons4 says: Jul 7, 2014 3:07 PM

    @jec332 sorry I misread va tech for UVA. But you’re still an idiot and I see you still haven’t claimed fandom to a team because you know they’re inferior to the gamecocks. Like I said, history only matters to people who live in the past. I was born in 1989. I couldn’t care less about national championships or conference championships from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. THEY JUST DONT MATTER.
    Good job Kaiwan. Really classy move to do something nice for the kids of your community.

    Jec332 your team sucks and you’re a clown

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