Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA Great Futures Celebration with Guest Speaker Dabo Swinney, Head Football Coach at Clemson University
5:30pm Meet & Greet with Dabo | 7:00pm Dinner
Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA announces the 2018 Great Futures Celebration with Dabo Swinney, Head Football Coach at Clemson University on May 1, 2018. Dabo will spend an evening with Club supporters and Club youth addressing the critical roles communities and Boys & Girls Clubs play in helping youth win at the game of life, while building a competitive workforce proficient in the skills needed to support 21st century technologies and industry. With years of successfully leading young men to some of the highest ranks in college football, Dabo understands the challenges youth face today and what it takes for them to win. Tables for the event may be purchased at the Boys & Girls Club website at www.bgccsra.org or by contacting Adrienne Patterson at email@example.com.
Dabo Swinney has been at Clemson for just 10 years as head coach, but he cemented himself as a coaching legend when he led the Tigers to the 2016 national championship, the second in school history (1981). The Tigers maintained that elite status in 2017 despite having only six scholarship seniors and losing most of their offensive firepower from 2016. The 2017 season might be the best for Swinney, who was a finalist for the AP, Bear Bryant, Dodd, Eddie Robinson and George Munger Coach-of-the-Year Awards. That is saying something for someone who has been named national coach-of-the-year by at least one service four of the previous six years. While Clemson was ranked No. 5 in the preseason AP poll, few expected the Tigers to be ranked No. 1 in both polls and the College Football Playoff ranking entering the bowl season. In fact, Clemson was not even the preseason choice to win the ACC Atlantic Division. But the Tigers won that title for the third year in a row (a first for the program since 1986-88). Despite the setback in the Sugar Bowl to the eventual national champion, Alabama, Clemson finished ranked No. 4 in both polls. Swinney joined Bobby Bowden as the only ACC head coaches to lead a program to a final top-five ranking three straight years. Clemson’s school-record six wins over top-25 teams, also a national best, included a school-record four on opponents’ home fields and five away from home. Clemson defeated top-15 teams Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech in September, the first team in FBS history to record three top-15 wins in September. In 10 years (nine full seasons) as the Tigers’ head coach, Swinney has directed Clemson to a 101-30 overall record (.771, best by a Tiger coach) and 61-16 ACC regular-season mark (.792). He has also led the Tigers to the ACC Championship Game five times, won four ACC titles, won or shared six ACC Atlantic Division titles and won seven bowl games (five against top-10 teams). His teams have compiled 26 wins over ranked teams in his head-coaching career, including 13 over top-10 opponents.
We are honored to welcome Dabo Swinney at our GREAT Futures Celebration for an uplifting evening of hope and inspiration. Reserve your table today at www.bgccsra.org.