Former Gamecock defensive back Vic Hampton probably doesn’t know me and definitely has no idea about this story. I started working at Carolina in December 2012. One of my main interests is the personal development of student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics.
It is against that backdrop that I write this.
During my first month, I was visiting with Erica Nelson, our Coordinator of Like Skills and Community Outreach. While in her office, a student-athlete came in and was practically begging for more opportunities to visit local elementary schools and to visit with young children. It was Vic Hampton.
It was an amazing thing to witness, a student-athlete who enjoyed making a positive impact on young people.
I have also been witness to seeing him at youth football games and to letters from elementary school principals and teachers about what an impact Vic makes with children.
One letter said it all, “I cannot begin to express the gratitude we have for you, the university, and especially Victor for making this a night our young men will remember forever. Victor took time to not only deliver heartfelt words of encouragement, but he also took pictures with everyone, signed autographs, and helped to pass out trophies.”
This week, Vic Hampton is participating in the NFL Combine with hopes of playing in the league.
I believe this speaks to the person that Vic Hampton has become. Here’s hoping that he continues his football career in the NFL and continues to make a positive difference with young people.
Go Gamecocks! Go Vic Hampton!