CLEMSON – Throughout October, Clemson University and Dabo and Kathleen’s All-In Team Foundation will be involved in several efforts to raise support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The football team will wear special pink Nike gear against N.C. State on Saturday to recognize a cause that means a great deal to the Swinneys. Kathleen had her own battle with the disease.
To help their foundation, a custom-designed pin is available at shop.clemsontigers.com and several retail outlets in the area, including Tigertown Graphics, Barnes and Noble and Palmetto Moon.
Clemson is also offering special pink pullover at Tiger Sports Shop and online. T-shirts “Howlin for a Cure” will be offered by Southern Fried Cotton while a “Fight Like a Tiger” shirt will be at Tigertown Graphics. There’s also a men’s shirt available. Proceeds will go directly to the St. Francis Mobile Mammography van, which provides free mammograms and ultrasounds in the Upstate.
Other proceeds from various items will also go to the Swinneys’ foundation, which raises funds for breast cancer prevention and research with an emphasis on local university research programs and efforts providing medial screening/testing to local residents.
“Breast cancer doesn’t just effect one person,” Kathleen Swinney said Tuesday in Clemson.
“It affects the whole family, so our foundation tries to do a small part in the lives of those that are struggling with breast cancer.”
Fans can also donate to the All-IN Team Foundation this week by texting the word Dabo to 41444.
“Appreciate all that everybody is doing to helps us out,” Dabo Swinney said. “This is a special week.”
Swinney expects to get several injured players back in full either this week or after next week’s bye:
•Receiver Hunter Renfrow (hand) is as “game ready” as any injured player and has been practicing and running routes every day. He hasn’t been cleared to play because he hasn’t been able to tuck the football yet. He should return for the Oct. 29 game at Florida State.
•Receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) from Lake Marion is still being slowed in practice, but Swinney doesn’t believe it’s a “serious” injury.
•Blythewood graduate and linebacker Jalen Williams (knee) has been practicing in a green jersey recently and is excepted to suit up Saturday. Swinney says Williams is “probable,” but that doesn’t mean he’ll necessarily play right away.
•Defensive end Austin Bryant (foot) dressed out last Friday at Boston College but didn’t play. He’s still working his way back into football shape after practicing in full last week for the first time since August.
•Defensive back Adrian Baker (knee) continues to be “close” to playing for the first time this year after tearing an ACL in the spring, Swinney says.
•Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said Tuesday that he’s “fine” after rolling an ankle and leaving Boston with a boot, but he practiced Monday and says it’s “no big deal.”
Message to the fans
Swinney understands that “some fans” don’t like noon games. The Clemson head coach himself even prefers playing at night, but it’s out of Clemson’s control.
This week, he doesn’t want the early start time against the Wolfpack to take away the advantage of playing in Death Valley.
“My message to the fans this week, that same fervor, same intensity and will to win we had at 12 midnight against Louisville, we need it at 12 noon against N.C. State because this is a huge game,” Swinney said. “We don’t get a lot of home games, so I want to challenge our fans to show up and let’s be ready. Let’s get up, eat a biscuit and be ready to roll at high noon because our team is going to be ready. We need that energy from our fans.”
Brad Senkiw, Anderson independent-Mail