Ray Ray McElrathbey is a freshman defensive back on the Clemson football team, who was granted custody of his 12-year-old brother Fahmarr in August. McElrathbey's parents are unable to care for the young man.
The brothers live together in an off-campus apartment in Clemson.
Earlier this year the NCAA granted Clemson a waiver, allowing a local
bank (First Citizens Bank of Clemson) to establish a fund for Fahmarr
to care for his basic daily needs. The waiver also allows the wives
of Clemson assistant coaches to provide Fahmarr transportation to
and from school.
Virginia team captains Chris Long, Christian Olsen, Deyon
Williams, and Marcus Hamilton collected the money on Monday from
"In just like an hour, I think we collected
just over $2,000," said junior defensive end Chris Long. Virginia
players contributed some of the meal money they receive while in town
over the Thanksgiving holiday.
"It's a really legit cause, and I think it's great.
Everybody really bought into that," Long said.
Groh, on his radio show Monday night, said: "This is a nice thing
we're doing, but the young player at Clemson is the real hero."
This is the second time a Division I team has contributed
money to the fund. Earlier in the year the Temple football team
contributed their per diem ($1500) the day of its game against the
Tigers in Charlotte. Temple is coached by former Virginia assistant
"Wow, this is wonderful," said Ray Ray McElrathbey on
Wednesday when he was made aware of the contribution. "I am very
appreciative of the support from the football players at Virginia and
Temple. It really makes me feel good about being a part of college
football. I can't thank them enough.
"I also want to thank all the people who have contributed to
my brother's fund. It really makes you feel good that people out
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