P.A.W. Journey stands for Passionate About Winning

WHAT WE DO: Our mission is to cultivate leadership in our student-athletes through personal growth, life skills, and professional development. This journey prepares each young man to be the example by sustaining a lifestyle of winning.

WHO WE ARE: The P.A.W. Journey is a program-wide initiative for Clemson Football in which all coaches, staff and student-athletes participate.

Contact P.A.W. Journey

Mailing Address: Jervey Athletic Center (Football) P.O. Box 31 Clemson, SC 29633

Physical Address: 100 Allen Reeves Dr. Clemson, SC 29631

Email: pawjourney@clemson.edu

P.A.W. Journey in the News


STRIPED is P.A.W. Journey's Personal Growth pillar. Tigers are not born; tigers are made. Becoming a Tiger is about building character, facing adversity, becoming better and ultimately stronger. Personal growth is the continuous effort to become the best you. STRIPED is the process we utilize to inspire our student-athlete towards maturity. The Tiger is known by its stripes. Each stripe represents a lesson learned, a victory earned, or a battle fought. These words embody this pillar: character, confidence, conviction.

Striped categories

CHARACTER: earned by Tigers whose actions honor our standard

FIELD/WEIGHT ROOM: earned by Tigers who grow/dominate during game time

NIERI: earned by Tigers who achieve academic success

COMMUNITY: earned by Tigers who voluntarily serve in their community

MAN: earned by Tigers who demonstrate growth on their journey to manhood

LEADERSHIP: earned by Tigers who show leadership on and off the field

Senior Day

On November 22nd our Seniors were honored on the field during the Citadel game for their outstanding accomplishments both on and off the field. This group of young men is extremely talented and will forever hold a special place in our hearts here at P.A.W. Journey.

P.A.T. Man of The Year

The P.A.T. Award began 5 years ago to celebrate young men who exemplify and personify manhood through leadership, ethics, demeanor, and community involvement. The 2017 P.A.T. Man of the Year was Milan Richard. Milan graduated from Clemson University in December of 2017 with a degree in Communication Studies. Milan truly has a servant's heart and his favorite service project thus far has been helping the young men and women of Golden Harvest Food Bank distribute groceries to families in need. Milan's micro-internship with Adobe allowed him to cultivate his love for collaboration with others, while also giving him the opportunity to strengthen his own personal business skills. Milan leads by example daily and impacts everyone that he comes in contact with.

The mission of C.U. IN LIFE is to equip our young men with the transferable tools necessary for a lifestyle of winning and address them as a whole person. Events within this program will teach our student-athletes critical life skills necessary to be respected and impactful men of society. Topics include finances, nutrition, etiquette and professionalism.

P.A.W. Journey worldwide: game Changers in the community

May 7th-12th, a week that forever changed 16 student-athletes and 5 Clemson staff members, who traveled to Haiti with a non-profit organization known as Soles4Souls. The group coupled with Tiffany Turner, whom is the director of outreach for Soles4Souls, devoted their time to the Haitian community in more ways than one. The group's first venture began with a shoe distribution. Shoes were systematically given to children with players organizing the shoes by size and gender, then when the children came to receive their shoes players would first size each child's foot and write their shoe size on the child's wrist. Next, the child would be taken into the room where all the shoes were housed and get their feet washed by a player. After that another player would then match the child with the correct shoe size based on the number on their wrist. By traveling to different schools throughout the week, the young men and women were able to have a maximal impact with more than 550 pairs of shoes allocated. The group also spent a day with Feeding Hope, which is a non-profit organization in Montrouis, Haiti that provides hot meals for both men and women within the community. Feeding Hope feeds over 150 people a day and the team got to experience this first hand through helping serve over 400 meals.

Golden harvest food bank day of service

On October 15, 2017, Golden Harvest Food Bank came to Death Valley to hold a mobile food distribution center, where 300 local families were supplied with groceries for their households. The men of P.A.W. Journey also helped pack weekend bookbag packs for school children within Oconee and Pickens County. These packs are discretely distributed to children in need of food for the weekend, with the team making over 1,250 packs! Additionally, 40 boxes of food products were packed and donated to Clemson’s PAW Pantry, a food bank reserved for Clemson students in need. We are thankful to serve our local community, families, and peers within the classroom!

Kicks, Cleats, and Kids

Kicks, Cleats, and Kids is our annual service project that is partnered with Clemson's Call Me MISTER Program. Call Me MISTER serves socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities, Call Me MISTER identifies mentors for these children and actively seeks to enrich their everyday lives. By coupling this program with Kicks, Cleats, and Kids children are invited to spend a day with the team as they tour the facility, interact with our young men through games and activities, and receive a pair of new Nike shoes.

The 5th QUARTER is P.A.W. Journey's Career and Professional Development pillar. The 5th QUARTER inspires each athlete to catapult into the marketplace. Whether the focus is on pursuing purposeful employment, or entering the N.F.L., 5th QUARTER ensures each young man remains the example in their community. These words embody this pillar: principle, preparation, purpose.

Adobe microinternship

From May 2nd through the 14th, 7 student athletes traveled to California to do a Micro internship with the acclaimed company, Adobe. Adobe allowed the student athletes to participate in a micro internship because the gentleman were only allotted two weeks off during their summer. The young men traveled to San Francisco and San Jose to learn three areas within the company (1) Sales (2) Product Marketing (3) and lastly Customer Success. The group worked full time throughout the duration of the internship, and were paid $20 a hour. The group of men enjoyed being able to learn everything they could from Adobe, while also exploring California and experiencing a culture completely different from their own.

Symposium: "True champions always seek new victories."

Keynote Speaker, Fonzworth Bentley pictured with P.A.W. Journey Founder Jeff Davis and Talent Agent Louis Upkins

The 2017 Symposium emphasized that real champions never settle for what they have accomplished, but they always continue to look for new ways to succeed. The keynote speaker, Fonzworth Bentley, shared his story of how he managed being a student-athlete at Moorehouse University and how he thus catapulted his career into the entertainment industry.

2017 Hire A Tiger

Coach Swinney featured with some of the employers and current players

The 2017 Hire A Tiger event showcased our young men as future businessmen and allowed them to come prepared for a job opportunity. Employers set up tables with their information, and allowed the student-athletes to approach them and ask any questions that they may have concerning upcoming job opportunities. This event specifically highlighted the 2017 Senior Class, so that they were given the greatest opportunity for securing a position as soon as they graduated.

Clemson football's first annual p.a.w. journey to ENTREPRENEURSHIP

P.a.w. journey takes the field

On Saturday October 23rd, the P.A.W. Journey Team was recognized at the Boston College Game on the field for the conclusion of P.A.W. Journey Week.

Brian dawkins lifetime achievement award winner

The Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2013, in order to recognize men who exemplify the characteristics of greatness both on and off the field. Coach Swinney said, "Brian Dawkins epitomizes everything you strive to be on and off the field when it comes to being a Clemson football player. He is the ultimate professional and has represented this university with distinction in every way. He has set a standard of excellence in every way." Jeff Davis, was selected as the 5th recipient of this award and was recognized on the field during the homecoming game on October 7th.

2017 Graduation celebration

This passed Fall semester, P.A.W. Journey hosted an event to honor and celebrate our 23 Seniors that graduated in the year of 2017. This event allowed our young men to feel how proud we are of them, not only as players, but as intelligent leaders who have the skills to win in all areas of life.

Up Next

  • August 11, 2018- Former Player BBQ
  • August 12, 2018- Fan Day
  • September 1, 2018- Clemson vs. Furman

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