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Positivity: Clemson’s Dabo Swinney gifts Super Bowl tickets to team member with Down Syndrome

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Clemson, South Carolina (HT Weasel Zippers):

February 2, 2018

Tickets to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta are not easy to come by. But Clemson University Coach Dabo Swinney was able to give tickets to one very enthusiastic fan.

The Christian coach, who led his team to the national championship with a perfect 15-0 season, called out David Saville, the team’s equipment manager who has Down Syndrome, and surprised him with two tickets to the big game after a team workout.

“You do so much for this team. The joy you bring every day, the perspective, how hard you work. You are one of the hardest workers we got around here,” Swinney said in a video posted on Twitter. “We all love you, so we got a special gift for you.”

“I don’t know if you are interested, I know you are busy,” Swinney joked, “but the NFL has presented you with two Super Bowl tickets to the Super Bowl this year.”

The two embraced before Saville called his “Pops” to let him know about the heartwarming surprise.

Saville joined the team as part of the school’s “ClemsonLIFE” program, which prepares students with special needs for their career after college. …

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