Playsafe to host a “Meet n Greet” with C. J. Spiller



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May 3, 2013

For more information contact: Bob Garguilo - Executive Director

bob.garguilo@playsafesc.org

(864) 973-4412
PLAYSAFE to host a “Meet n Greet” with C. J. Spiller
PlaySafe, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, providing certified athletic trainers (ATCs) to high schools and many community athletic events in Anderson, Pickens and Oconee Counties announced today that the organization will host a “Meet n Greet” with former Clemson great and current NFL Pro Bowl player, C.J. Spiller, of the Buffalo Bills Friday, May 17th.
The “Meet n Greet” in association with Clemson Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and Blue Ridge Orthopaedics will be held in the lobby area of the West End Zone of Clemson University’s Memorial Stadium. C.J. will be on hand to sign autographs from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The public is welcome and the event is free of charge. Donations to PlaySafe will be accepted.
C.J Spiller was born August 15, 1987 in Lake Butler, Florida and was a running back at Clemson University and College Football Performance Awards 2009 Kickoff Returner Trophy recipient.

In the Tiger's 40-24 victory over the Florida State Seminoles on November 7, 2009, Spiller and Jacoby Ford became the leading all-purpose duo in NCAA history.

On November 28, 2009. C.J. set the FBS record for kickoff return touchdowns with seven during his career. He also earned his spot in the record books in another way on that kickoff return, by being only one of five players to ever gain 7000 all-purpose yards.

On December 2, 2009, Spiller was voted the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. Spiller was the nation's only player that season to account for touchdowns five different ways-rushing, passing, receiving, and on kick and punt returns and had passing, rushing and receiving TDs in one game.

Despite being projected as a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Spiller decided to return for his senior season. He was projected as a first-round draft choice in the 2010 NFL Draft and was listed as the No. 1 running back of the 2010 class by ESPN. Spiller was selected 9th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

In 2012, Spiller had a career year. In Week 15 of the season, CJ reached the 1,000 yards rushing mark for the first time in his NFL career. He also only needed 154 carries to reach the mark - the fewest carries to 1,000 yards since Chicago Bears running back Beattie Feathers in 1934. Spiller rushed for 1,244 yards on only 207 carries and scored 6 touchdowns; his 6.0 yards per carry average (YPC) led the league. He also caught 43 passes for 459 yards with two receiving touchdowns. Spiller was also elected to be in the Pro Bowl as an alternate for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice who participated in the Superbowl.


PlaySafe works to raise funds from corporations, foundations, and the community at large in order to secure full time certified athletic trainers for the high schools in the tri-county area.

“An estimated 2 million injuries occur each year in high schools. 62% of all reported injuries occur during practice with 23% of injuries occurring to the head and face of the athletes” according to PlaySafes’ Executive Director, Bob Garguilo.



Garguilo continued “the State of South Carolina does not provide the funds for ATCs at our high schools. The ATCs protecting and caring for the high school student athletes are paid for through the funds PlaySafe has been able to raise through extensive community outreach. We are excited about new community events such as this with hope we can work to bring much needed awareness of the lack of professional sports medicine services at the high schools across the state and also bring PlaySafe into the forefront of an organization that is trying to improve on that situation. Our student athletes are at a high degree of risk when participating in high school sports without the supervision of qualified sports medicine professionals.”
PlaySafe exists to support our schools, parents, businesses and the community at large in an effort to keep our youth and community Safe, Healthy and Active. PlaySafe is funded in part by Clemson Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, AnMed Health and Blue Ridge Orthopaedics . For more information on PlaySafe, please visit www.playsafesc.org or contact Bob Garguilo, Executive Director bob.garguilo@playsafesc.org or (864) 973-4412.
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