Pough Seeks Support through “Lift-A- Bulldog” Initiative

Friday, May 20, 2011

South Carolina State head football coach Buddy Pough, in an on-going effort to put a competitive football team on the field, is appealing to Bulldog alumni and fans for support of the “Lift-A-Bulldog” initiative, a program designed to raise funds to cover summer school expenses for the SC State football players.

Facing a June 20 deadline, Pough has already gotten contributions totaling around $25,000, however, approximately $100,000 is needed. The funds will enable the members of the team to attend the second summer school session and participate in non-supervised workouts.

Most coaches will attest to the fact that when members of the team are able to workout during the summer, it gives you a head start going into fall drills in August. When that is not the case, usually you are a bit behind your opponents.

“I think we’ve got a situation where we can continue to be successful,” Pough told the Times and Democrat recently. “SC State has won or shared the last three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles and made three straight appearances to the prestigious Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Championship.

The donors who have already contributed to this year’s Lift-A-Bulldog effort include local businessman T.K. Bythewood, SC State classes of 1966 and 1975, Helen Brandyburg, Curtis Stevens, Margaret Roberts, Josephine Evans and Verna Wade.

SC State athletics director Charlene Johnson said the athletics department would match the amount given by donors to the initiative, which is a big boost to Pough and his team meeting the needed goal.

Alumni and fans wishing to contribute to “Lift-A-Bulldog may send their donations to: SC State Foundation Inc., 300 College Street NE, Orangeburg, SC 29117, or call 803-536-7242 or 803-536-8900.

Click here to access the “Lift a Bulldog” brochure.