Bridge Builder Program

This is a program that has been developed between the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) and the South Carolina Department of Commerce (through the Greenville Regional Workforce Advisor, Jay Blankenship) in order to educate and speak to football players (and other students) as they make a transition to their next step throughout their K-12 journey. We have developed  curriculum and programs to better communicate the advantages of being a student athlete but also what that student athlete can do to prepare themselves for their next step whether its elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, or high school to college or full-time employment.  The SCFHOF plans to connect distinguished football players and businessmen to this program as spokespeople for this message and education in order to give back to our community and make for a better city, county, and state! Program was launched in the Fall of 2018 in Greenville County.

As of December 20, 2018, 250 Greenville County students have attended ACT and SAT Prep Courses through our collaboration with Jay Blankenship. In 2019, we have dedicated some one-on-one time with local student athletes through lunch and learn events.

Previous Bridge Builder Events: 

Southside High School (twice)

Wade Hampton

Blue Ridge High School

Greer High School 

2019 SCFHOF Enshrinement Ceremony

2019 EPT Showcase (Irmo, SC)

Upcoming School Lunch and Learns:

Eastside High School

Mauldin High School


  •  Character
  •  Academic
  •  Career

Brandon Burger, current senior linebacker at North Greenville talks to the students at Southside High School about their transition from high school to college and life lessons off the field.


  • Educational Workshops
  • SAT and ACT Workshops
  • Career Readiness
  • Understanding your Personal Brand
  • Networking Strategies
  • NCAA Eligibility
  • College Tours
  • Life Skills
  • Financial Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Social Media Responsibility
  • Character Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Peer to Peer Mentoring
  • Youth Mentorship

Executives from Spinx Corporation talk to students about their workforce development opportunities and educational programs that Spinx offers including their tuition reimbursement program.

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