CLEMSON, SC - Family members and friends of former
Clemson University football player Robert P. "Bob" Mayberry Jr. are
establishing an endowment to honor his memory and values by providing annual scholarships.
Now, fans can participate, too.
Mayberry played offensive
guard and tackle for the Tigers from 1979 to 1982. He started on the 1981
National Championship team and was awarded the South Carolina Jacobs Blocking
Trophy in 1982. He died in 2012 after a battle with cancer.
fundraising initiative was announced today at the Clemson-Boston College football
game, which Mayberry's parents, widow, Sheryl, and children, Caroline, Sloane and Miles, attended and
learned that $1 million and 74 dollars has been raised to date. (#74 was Mayberry's
number on the team.)
football achievements were far exceeded by what he did for others," said
Kendall Alley, a member of the Robert P. Mayberry Endowment Fund committee. "Just
as important as his service, was how Bob
served - quietly and without the need for recognition. It is only fitting that
to honor Bob, we are establishing the scholarships for team managers and
trainers, the unsung individuals who are so important to the football team's
The fundraising committee also
includes Jubal Early, Steve Horvath, Steve Luquire, Robert P. Mayberry Sr. and
Mark Richardson. Richardson and Alley were Mayberry's teammates on the 1981
Following graduation in
1983, Mayberry joined his father in the automobile business, married and raised
a family, and seized every opportunity to demonstrate his passions for Clemson
and for helping others.
He served on the boards of
South Piedmont Community College, Community Health Services, and the United
Way, and he was an Elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. He had
a special calling in working with the youth in Boy Scout Troop 17 and coaching
South Park Pop Warner football in Charlotte.
The Robert P. "Bob" Mayberry, Jr. '83 Endowed Memorial
Grant-in-Aid will award partial scholarships to individuals who serve as
Clemson football trainers and/or managers. These scholarships will be given
annually to cover the educational expenses of these students.
"We are confident it would
have been Bob's dream to honor those who work hard day in and day out with no
expectation of recognition beyond that which accrues to the whole team," said
Richardson. "These scholarships personify Bob perfectly."
Pledges and gifts in support of the Robert P. "Bob"
Mayberry, Jr. '83 Endowed Memorial Grant-in-Aid may be addressed to the Clemson
University Foundation and mailed to Connie Sexton, IPTAY Major Gifts, PO Box
1529, Clemson, SC 29633.
scholarship endowment is part of Clemson University's The Will to Lead $1 billion capital campaign
to support Clemson students and faculty with scholarships, professorships,
facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.
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