Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl donates $20K to Clemson Charities

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Atlanta (May 12, 2015) – The ClemsonLIFE program received a $10,000 gift in recognition of Team Clemson’s finish at last week’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. The Tigers duo of Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney and former Clemson and NFL quarterback Steve Fuller earned a total of $20,000 in winnings, which the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will split between Dabo’s “All in Team Foundation” and an endowed scholarship at Clemson. The Foundation will direct the funds to one of its focus areas, the ClemsonLife program.

“Our mission to give back is a driving force in everything that we do,” said Gary Stokan, President and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc. “We’re grateful for the participation of these coaches and celebrities, and are happy to have the opportunity to give something back to their universities and the causes that are so close to their hearts.”

ClemsonLIFE is a two-year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment, and social/leisure skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults. Students successfully completing the two year program will receive a certificate of postsecondary education. For select students, an optional third year is available to assist with job placement and community integration with a decreased level of support.

Following its mission to support scholarship and charity at all levels, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge will pay out a total of $520,000 to its 13 participating teams this year, with the winnings being split between the charity of each team’s choice and an endowed scholarship at each university.

In addition to the $520,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $113,305 was generated for charitable organizations including the American Diabetes Association. Over the last nine years, the event has contributed a total of $5.3 million in scholarship and charity.

In 2014, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl recorded its eighth straight year of more than $1 million in giving. Since 2002, college football’s most charitable bowl game has distributed $17.6 million in charity and scholarship.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is the country’s premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals for $520,000 in charity and scholarship. In the past nine years, the Challenge has distributed a total of $5.3 million in scholarship and charity. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December.

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