UNION — Former Clemson quarterback Woodrow “Woody” Dantzler will serve as key-note speaker for the Union County Clemson Club’s 2014 Kick-Off event. The annual event, which will include a light meal, will be held Aug. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park at Foster Park and doors will open at 5 p.m.
Members who have paid the $25 annual dues will be admitted free, non-members will be charged $10 per person. Those planning to attend must confirm no later than Aug. 12. Proceeds from memberships and the event will go towards supporting the club, whose activities are highlighted by annually awarding two $1,000 scholarships to Union County residents who will be attending Clemson University. A tailgate package will be raffled off at the event. Raffle tickets are available for $5 a piece or 5 for $20. On hand for pictures and autographs will be key-note speaker Woody Dantzler, as well as the Tiger.
Woodrow “Woody” Dantzler lettered as a quarterback at Clemson from 1998-2001, taking over as starter during the 1999 season, and continuing in that role in 2000 and 2001. He was a dual-threat quarterback who set 53 Clemson football records and became the first quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. His 50-yard connection with wide receiver Rod Gardner in the final seconds of the 2000 match-up with the University of South Carolina has gone down into rivalry lore as “The Catch II.” Dantzler graduated from Clemson in 2001 with a degree in marketing and was inducted into the Clemson football Hall of Fame in 2007. After leaving Clemson, Dantzler spent parts of three seasons in the NFL with Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons and went on to win an Arena Football League championship with the Chicago Rush in 2006.
Annual membership in the Union County Clemson Club is $25 per family. The goal of the Clemson Club is to award academic scholarships to deserving students who will be attending Clemson. For more information about the club or the event, contact club president Virgil Childers at (864) 251-0094.