THE MARCUS LATTIMORE FOUNDATION/DREAMS SCHOLORSHIP
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