Athletes

GAFY thanks the players and their families for supporting our mission to empower youth through sports.  Please check the individual event for who will be in attendance.  Players attendance at the specific event in subject to change.

Bashaud Breeland

Clemson

Bashaud attended Allendale-Fairfax High School in Allendale, South Carolina, where he played football, basketball and track. In football, he played quarterback and defensive back. He was an All-state selection by The State and All-Atlantic Region team member by PrepStar.  Bashaud played his college football at Clemson where he recorded 136 tackles, three sacks and six interceptions from 2010-2013.  Bashaud was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Carlton Lewis

Clemson

Carlton Lewis: Lewis attended St. Augustine High school in St. Augustine, Florida and attended Clemson University where he played as college ball as a Safety from 2008-2011.

CJ Spiller

Clemson

Clifford Spiller Jr. attended Union County High school in Lake Butler Florida. He then attended Clemson University where he was then drafted by the Bills in the 2010 NFL draft. He also played with teams such as the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, New York jets and in 2017 the Kansas City Chiefs with his current position as a running back.

DJ Reader

Clemson

DJ attended Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C.  DJ played his college football at Clemson where he became only the second person to letter on top-25 football and baseball teams in one academic year (2012-13) since 1994-95.   During his time at Clemson, DJ had 145 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and 24 quarterback pressures.   DJ was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Elden Campbell

Clemson

 Campbell attended Morningside Highschool in Inglewood, California Where he graduated and attended Clemson University and played basketball as a center. Campbell was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1990 NBA Draft and has since won 1 NBA Championship and has been in about 12 Playoffs. He has also played with teams such as the Pistons, hornets, nets and supersonics.

Grady Jarrett

Clemson

Grady attended Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Georgia, where he was a two-time All-state selection in football as well as a State Champion in wrestling and the shotput.  Grady played his college football at Clemson where he was named first team All-ACC his senior season and was subsequently Jarrett was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft.  During Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots, Grady had three sacks, which tied a record for most sacks in a single Super Bowl game

Jonathan Meeks

Clemson

Jonathan attended Rock Hill High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina where he played quarterback and free safety and was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. Jonathan played his college football at Clemson where he is fifth in school history in interception return yards and in takeaway return yards.  Jonathon was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kris Benson

Clemson

Benson attended Sprayberry Highschool in Marietta, Georgia where he then attended Clemson University to play baseball. During his college career Benson was the team’s pitcher. Benson helped Clemson reach both the 1995 and 1996 world series and was named Baseball’s America’s College player of the year in 1996. Benson was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 1996 Amateur Entry Draft. During his time in the MLB, Benson exceeded rookie limits during his 1999 season. Benson from 1999-2010 also pitched for the Mets, Orioles, Rangers and Diamondbacks.

Michael Dean Perry

Clemson

Perry attended South Aiken High School in South Carolina and later attended Clemson University to play football and played the position of defensive lineman. Perry set the record for most sacks in Clemson school history and was drafted by the Browns in 1988. Perry played 10 years in the NFL as well as 6 in the pro bowl. He won AFC Defensive player of the year in 1989 and played with various teams such as the broncos and Kansas city chiefs and was named First-team All-Pro in 1989, and 1990 and Second-Team All-Pro in 1991.

Patrick Sapp

Clemson

Patrick grew up in Florida and played his college football at Clemson. Initially, Patrick began his career at Clemson as a quarterback with 2,278 passing yards and nine touchdowns in 14 starts over three seasons but changed positions to linebacker in 1995.  Patrick was drafted by the San Diego Chargers and played four seasons with the Chargers and Cardinals. In 63 NFL games, Patrick had 57 tackles and two sacks.   Patrick also served as an assistant coach in the Medal of Honor Bowl and is currently the Director of Engagement/Development Officer for the Clemson Alumni Association.

Rashard Hall

Clemson

Rashard attended St. Augustine High School in St. Augustine, Florida and during his senior year was a Florida Times-Union he was a First-team All-state pick in football as well as was also all-county in basketball and track and field.  Rashard played his college football at Clemson from 2009-2012 where he was a Freshman All-American and co-captain.  Rashard was a two-time Academic All-ACC selection, three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member and a representative with the National College Players Association.  Rashard graduated in 2011 with a 3.2 GPA and a degree in Marketing, and since his freshman year at Clemson has filled in a role as a public speaker, talking to elementary school kids with behavioral problems as well as high school student athletes on the pillars of character.  Rashard currently serves as a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch in Greenville, SC.

Travis Blanks Jr.

Clemson

Travis attended North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, Florida and rated as the No. 15 overall player and the No. 2 safety in the nation by ESPN. Travis played his college football at Clemson where he was a Freshman All-American performer in 2012.  Travis was a starter at both the safety and linebacker positions during his career at Clemson despite having to comeback made a remarkable comeback from two torn ACL injuries.  Travis was an integral part of the Clemson team that played for the 2015 National Championship.  Travis joined the IPTAY staff in March of 2017 and serves as the Assistant Director of the Block C Club.

Waltiea Rolle

University of North Carolina

Waltiea is from Nassua, Baham and attend Westbury Christian School in Houston, Texas and played basketball.  By the conclusion of her high school years she was selection as an All-American and was ranked as the number 28 player in the country.  Waltiea played her college basketball at the University of North Carolina where she excelled as a shot blocker, ranking 5th in school history with 173 shots blocked.  Waltiea was drafted in 2013 by the WNBA Minnesota Lynx.  Waltiea was the first Bahamian to play in the WNBA on July 29, 2014 after electing to finish her her degree in sports administration and exercise sports science at UNC before beginning her pro career.

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