BHM Patrick Sapp

February 13, 2018
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Former NFL and Clemson football player, Patrick Sapp, is a highly regarded, persistent leader in our community.  Mr. Sapp has more than 20-years of experience in athletics, philanthropy, business and external relations.  As a remarkable relationship builder, Patrick is praised for his exceptional character, sincerity and empathy which results in considerable philanthropic support and institutional success.

Mr. Sapp, a graduate of Clemson University, says that the community means a lot to him. 

“It embraced me and accepted my son and I.  We have been in this community for almost 10-years now.  Living here and seeing all the different backgrounds and the history of Greenville, made me want to get out and use my time and platform to bring about change betterment and enhance the people in this community.  That history and good nature of the people in the Greenville community is really what attracted me to be a part of it.”

During his time in the NFL, Patrick began his philanthropic career by starting his own business, Coast2Coast Men’s Clothing.  This business, combined with the connections he made playing professional football, led Mr. Sapp to jobs with Xceleron Sports and Clemson University, where he currently works as the Director of Major Gifts and Alumni Engagement.

“My passion for sports has lead me through my career by providing me with many life principles.  I grew up in Jacksonville, FL in an all-Black community and when I went to Clemson, it was the first time I was in a diverse atmosphere.  So, football gave me an understanding of different people from different cultures, teaching me the value of acceptance of people who are different than myself and being able to come together as a team and work towards a common goal.  This passion is now positioning me into dealing with the race issues and the divisions across the country, particularly Greenville, and being able to use my experience to bring people together.  Once you have an experience with someone that is different, you realize that we really are not all different.  We all want to be loved; we all want to take care of our families; we all want success for ourselves, children and community.”