Dylan Thompson has been named as one of three finalists for the Solomon award, named after a Sumter, S.C. native who played 11 years in the NFL. The award honors a player originally from Florida or South Carolina who has impacted the lives of others through work in the community. Thompson was nominated because of his countless hours of work in the community, from visits to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, F.L. to service trips to El Salvador and Israel.
South Carolina Director of Life Skills and Community Outreach Erica Nelson was the one to nominate Thompson and had only glowing words about him in her nomination.
“During my nearly five years at the University of South Carolina, I have not seen a student-athlete of Dylan’s stature more committed to giving back to the Columbia and surrounding communities. Whether it’s school, hospital or church visits, Dylan is extremely generous with his time and has used his platform as a student-athlete to give back and help inspire and motivate those coming behind him. He is humble, genuine and a man of God who I know will continue to give back and help others even after the lights have gone out on his career at USC.”
The other two finalists are Kenneth Harper from Temple and Jordan Garside from Wake Forest. The award will be given out December 10th in Tampa, F.L.