Columbia, S.C. – Mike Houston will be among seven coaches featured at the Fifth Annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity event which will be held on July 30, 2014 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. Over 300 guests from throughout the state will be in attendance.

Fisher DeBerry, South Carolina native and Hall of Fame former head football coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy, hosts the event through the Fisher DeBerry Foundation, which assists children of single-parent families. Football coaches from around the state come together for the event, all in the name of charity. In addition to Houston, active head coaches attending are Mike Ayers (Wofford), Bruce Fowler (Furman), Buddy Pough (South Carolina State), Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Steve Spurrier (South Carolina).

“This is something I’m proud to be part of,” said Houston, who is gearing up for his first season at The Citadel after taking Division II’s Lenoir-Rhyne to the 2013 national championship game. “I have heard great things about this event, and I’m excited to join the other coaches in something so meaningful.”

Each coach chooses a charity that benefits from his participation. In the first four years of the event, over $200,000 has been raised for these organizations across South Carolina. Additionally, the evening raises funds to help send children from single-parent families to FCA summer camps.

Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, a dinner program emceed by WIS News 10’s Rick Henry and former coach Art Baker, entertainment, football highlight videos and for the first time a “Coaches Roundtable,” with all of the coaches on stage together. The event also features live and silent auctions.

Additionally, each coach chooses their “Community MVP” that they honor during the evening. The 2014 Jerry Richardson Community MVP Award recipients are:

Joe Lesesne (chosen by Coach Mike Ayers)

Dr. Carl Kohrt (chosen by Coach Bruce Fowler)

John Carlisle (chosen by Coach Mike Houston)

Lew Berry (chosen by Coach Buddy Pough)

Dylan Thompson (chosen by Coach Steve Spurrier)

Bill D’Andrea (chosen by Coach Dabo Swinney)


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