Richard Yeargin grew up in difficult circumstances in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His opportunity to improve him and his family’s future came as he accepted a full scholarship to play football at Clemson University. A gifted athlete, Richard had goals of one day playing in the NFL, even as he graduated ahead of schedule. These plans came crashing down on June 3, 2017, when Richard was involved in a car accident with injuries that leave many people paralyzed for life. As many doctors told Richard he’d never play again, Richard set out determined to prove them wrong. Two years after his car wreck, Richard’s work finally paid off as he was cleared to play football again.

After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clemson University, Richard transferred to Boston College to pursue a Master’s of Health Administration while making a return to the football field. Against all odds, Richard thrived and went on to win the Brian Piccolo Award for the ACC’s most courageous player.

After seeing what has happened in the country, and the inequities of education that still hurt communities like the one he grew up in, Richard set out to create positive change. With the help of a good friend and Clemson teammate (Pat Godfrey), the founded the RYIII Foundation with the goal of giving educational opportunity to those in need. Richard knows firsthand how a quality education can change lives, and seeks to deliver that gift to as many underprivileged/minority students as possible.