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 over the past 3 months have attended ACT and SAT Prep Courses through our collaboration with Jay Blankenship. There is so much more to come and students to reach in 2019!

Previous School Speaking Events:

January 10th: Southside High School 6pm

January 31st: Wade Hampton 6pm

February 8th: Blue Ridge High School

Upcoming Dates:

February 19th: Southside High School Lunch and Learn Featuring a representative from Spinx, Levon Kirkland, and a NCAA Eligibility presentation

More Spring and Fall 2019 Dates being scheduled.. Stay Tuned!


  • Promote the Game (Former Players)
  • Increasing the Eligibility Pipeline (K12 to Collegiate)
  • Workforce Development/Readiness (K12)
  • Support Academic Success (K12)
  • Support Career Transition (All)
  • Strategic Opportunities (Former Players)


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

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