Tigertown Surprise: Shuman bound for Clemson | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 29, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: September 27, 2017 at 10:25 am
By CINDY CROSBY
Twenty-three-year-old Ryan Shuman received quite a surprise last Friday via Facetime with his uncle, Kevin McCaw.
Shuman, born with Down’s Syndrome, considers himself to be Clemson’s No. 1 fan — so when he learned he and his sister, Krissy Bridge, would be attending the Clemson versus Florida State game scheduled for November 11 at Memorial Stadium in Death Valley, he was one happy Tiger fan. But his surprise didn’t stop with tickets and a parking pass — he will also have some cash to spend in Tigertown on new Clemson gear and, according to sources, will have yet another surprise on game day.
September has been a busy month for the 2015 Colleton County graduate — one filled with surprises. It began with a chance meeting at The Restaurant at Dogwood Hills, where Shuman’s mother and sister both work and he is often found.
Jerry Davis, a 1970 graduate of Walterboro High School and former Clemson Tiger flanker who currently resides in Florida, stopped by the restaurant on the way to a Clemson game. After meeting Shuman, Davis arranged for a Clemson poster, autographed by Coach Dabo Swinney, to be mailed to him.
Sharing the good news, Shuman’s uncle, McCaw, posted the photo of Shuman and the autographed poster in a Facebook group, Sports Card Scammers Exposed, which in turn went viral. Shortly thereafter, Shuman found himself the recipient of a wonderful collection of autographed cards and memorabilia sent by many different group members.
Unknown to Shuman, the group had also undertaken the task of raising money to help Clemson’s No. 1 fan attend a game this fall – leading to last week’s Facetime surprise.
Ryan and his family were overwhelmed with emotion Friday and were thankful to everyone who participated and helped make this dream possible. “There are no words to express our appreciation to everyone who has made this such a special time for Ryan,” said his sister, Krissy.
Shuman’s surprise was captured by The Press and Standard and is available for viewing on our Facebook page.