D.J. Swearinger wasn’t going to forget the Gamecocks and his home-state ties after he stopped playing for the South Carolina football program.
Swearinger still follows the program closely and is bringing his celebrity charity basketball game back to Columbia this week. The game is 6 p.m. Saturday at the Carolina Volleyball Center at the University of South Carolina.
The game will help raise money for The Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands.
“When we were playing at USC, we wondered why NFL guys and some others wouldn’t come around and we always said we would change that,” Swearinger said. “We want to help change the culture, give back and come interact with the players. I think it is very important to continue to be part of the program.”
This will be the first time the game will be played in conjunction with the Gamecocks’ spring game, which is set for noon Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Last year’s game was held at Benedict College in the summer. Swearinger and USC coach Will Muschamp talked about moving the basketball game up to be on same weekend of the spring football game.
Some of the players in the celebrity event will be introduced during halftime of the spring game.
The basketball game will match former Gamecocks against current NFL or former players. Among the former USC players in the game will be Los Angeles Chargers’ Melvin Ingram, Baltimore Ravens’ Hayden Hurst, New England Patriots’ Stephen Gilmore, Chicago Bears’ Mike Davis, Indianapolis Colts’ Skai Moore and Arizona Cardinals’ Pharoh Cooper.