THE MARCUS LATTIMORE FOUNDATION/DREAMS FOUNDATION
Marcus Lattimore, a native of Duncan, South Carolina, graduated from Byrnes High School in May 2010. After graduating from Byrnes High School, Marcus signed with the University of South Carolina to play football for Coach Steve Spurrier. Marcus was a three year letterman for the Gamecocks and led the team to their first Southeastern Conference championship game in 2010 as the starting running back. After competing at USC for three seasons, Marcus was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Marcus retired after two seasons with the 49ers after complications with knee injuries. Although Marcus’ football career did not go as planned, he had a plan. Marcus went back to South Carolina and completed his degree in Public Health in May of 2016. In November of 2016 Marcus accepted the Head Football coaching position at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, South Carolina. Marcus believes that without the life lessons that were instilled in him and his faith in God, he would not be in the position he is in today. He has become a role model for thousands by the way he has handled adversity in life. Marcus and his family started this foundation to educate with life skill sessions, and reward them with scholarships.
“There are many athletes today who wrap themselves up in something that does not matter. What I mean by that is they only find purpose when they are participating in a sporting activity. Because of that reality they have no identity outside of that sport. When their career is over or when adversity arises in their life they can’t handle the inevitable. This leads to a destructive path in life because nobody invested in them outside of the sport that only lasts fifteen years of your life; if you are blessed! My God given duty is to educate them and make sure they are prepared for life!” - Marcus Lattimore
The Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS is committed to the youth and initiatives which emphasize Christian values, character, life-skills development, education, and health and wellness. The foundation will build community partnerships with other non-profit organizations and schools to encourage and aid our youth toward exemplifying upstanding citizen role models and dynamic leaders of tomorrow through teaching Christian virtues of patience, kindness, and humility. This foundation exists to help youth, parents, high school, and college student athletes.
The Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS is committed to reaching out and addressing issues within communities by forming partnerships with other outreach organizations in our state who have the same drive, vision and passion to bring about change and hope for the future.
The Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS is committed to preparing youth for their futures through high-quality education. A program called “The Marcus Lattimore Foundation Leadership Academy” for high school student athletes was developed in an effort to provide more educational experiences in careers of their interest, NCAA Eligibility and recruiting tips and valuable life skills. The Foundation endeavors to create more informational opportunities for students giving them greater abilities to make more informed decisions about their degree programs. In addition the student-athletes will learn valuable lessons about finances, etiquette, and how to conduct themselves in job interviews. This will provide students with plans for their futures and hopefully prevent them from changing their major multiple times or simply going through four years of college earning a degree in something they have no desire doing.
This program will also prepare them for life after sports at an earlier age and bring awareness to having a back-up plan. The program is considered as a Career Day that is catered for the student athlete. This is the first time this has ever been done anywhere for high school athletes in the country.