George Rogers Foundation Helps Aspiring College Students

South Carolina Heisman trophy winner George Rogers gives back by raising money for scholarships to help first generation kids go to school. His star studded 26th Annual Live Auction is key in making those scholarships happen.

COLUMBIA, SC - A  Heisman winner is continuing to make an impact in Columbia. Former South Carolina Gamecock running back and Heisman winner George Rogers held his 26th annual Silent Live Auction event on Sunday night. It was at the Carolina Alumni Center and it was star studded event. 
 
There were tons of signed jerseys from past Carolina greats like Alshon Jeffery and Marcus Lattimore. There was also signed memorabilia from pro stars like Deion Sanders the the great Muhammad Ali that were up for auction.
 
It's all to raise money for scholarships for aspiring first generation college students. 
 
"Everybody can't go to school on a scholarship for football or for that matter for good grades but through the George Rogers Foundation, if you have a 2.5 GPA, you can get a scholarship to go to school," Rogers said.
 
For Rogers it's also about leaving a legacy.
 
"When I'm dead and gone I want to be able to have done something. The Lord going to look and down at me and say 'you ain't done nothing'. But I can always go back and say 'well I had a Foundation.' But seriously I enjoy doing it.  It's something for me as a Heisman trophy winner to do to give back to somebody else who doesn't have the money to do it."
 
USC women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley attended the auction. This event also has a special place in her heart.
 
"I'm a first generation college graduate in my family so it hits home. The more money we raise, the more people that we get, young people getting the opportunity to go to college and impress their families and also impress the people out there in world. Because these are the ones that people give not a lot of hope to," Staley said.
 
"I think what George is doing is giving hope and when you give someone hope they can be successful with just a little bit of it."
 
Next up for the George Rogers Foundation is the Celebrity Golf Classic. That starts at 9:30 am with registration at 8:30 am at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. 

 

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