|Article Published 5/1/2012
All In Team® Foundation Donates $20,000 to Rise Program
Dabo’s All In Foundation has donated $20,000 to the Rise Program of Tuscaloosa.
The purpose of the Rise Program is to provide exemplary services based on recommended practices to young children with diverse abilities and their families.
Coach Gene Stallings, whose late son John Mark had Downs syndrome, has been instrumental in the start of the program in Tuscaloosa and growth to other college campuses.
The Gene Stallings annual golf tournament in Tuscaloosa raises funds for the Rise School to pay for the school's physical, speech, occupational and music therapy, as well as equipment and special needs staff.
This year’s tournament was held April 19th. Coach Swinney along with former Alabama coaches and now Clemson coaches Woody McCorvey and Danny Pearman; Clemson women’s gold coach J.T. Horton attended the event representing Clemson University and the foundation.
Regarding the donation, “What it does, as a rule of thumb, if you have a child with special needs and he goes to a school like the Rise program, it costs $1,100, 1,200 a month,” Stallings said. “As a result of this tournament and a few other things, if you have a child that has Downs and wants to go to the Rise school in Tuscaloosa, it doesn't cost the parents a dime, and that's a big deal. It's enough of a burden to have a child with special needs, then to have to pay $1,100-1,200 a month so that that child can go to school, it just doesn't make sense.
Left to right; Clemson Coaches Danny Pearman, Woody McCorvey, Dabo Swinney and J.T. Horton with Coach Stallings