Sumter sends Clemson freshmen off with an orange bang

BY KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com
Posted 8/12/18

The Swan Lake Heath Pavilion was flooded with orange and purple and tiger paws Thursday evening as the Sumter Clemson Club held a send-off party for incoming Tiger Town freshmen from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties.

About 80 students were …

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The Swan Lake Heath Pavilion was flooded with orange and purple and tiger paws Thursday evening as the Sumter Clemson Club held a send-off party for incoming Tiger Town freshmen from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties.

About 80 students were accepted to the university this year from the tri-country region, according to Ben Griffith, a Clemson alumnus and organizer of the event. A handful of high-ranking administration members from the university attended to tell the school's newest students about opportunities for involvement.

"It's been a long time since I've seen this much orange in one place, certainly in Sumter," he said.

The event was also an opportunity to get alumni and area residents who are Clemson fans together and excited for the upcoming football season.

Sumter used to have a Clemson Club for alumni, as schools throughout the nation do, but Griffith said there hasn't been one in a while.

"It's been a long time since we've done anything like this," he said.

Attendees were offered home-cooked barbecue and burgers before they got to eat Clemson cake and ice cream.