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Clemson football coach to speak at Gainesville church services
Dabo Swinney to visit just before season starts
0820Deshaun Watson

Dabo Swinney speaking at FCA Day

When: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Aug. 28

Where: Free Chapel, 3001 McEver Road, Gainesville

On the Sunday before the first full weekend of college football, one of the game’s most prominent coaches will make his way to Gainesville.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will speak at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. church services at Free Chapel’s Gainesville campus on Aug. 28 as part of the church’s FCA Day, which will highlight the work of the Greater Hall Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Gainesville football coach Bruce Miller texted Swinney earlier this year about being part of such a day at Free Chapel, originally hoping for the spring. Swinney had two open dates on his calendar, and one of them was Aug. 28, six days before his team opens the season at Auburn.

“I was just amazed that he would come this close to the season,” Miller said. “It just shows what a giving person he is.”

Jason Lester, multi-area director for the Greater Hall FCA, expressed gratitude to Swinney for coming to town and Free Chapel for partnering with the organization.

“Coach Swinney’s never been one to be shy about where he stands in his relationship with the Lord and how that affects his role as a coach, a husband and a father,” Lester said.

Miller said Swinney has taken great care of Clemson quarterback and Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson, who goes to Free Chapel. Swinney also “shows his faith in so many ways,” Miller said.

The Gainesville coach said college football coaches are often looked at as almost superhuman, but Swinney is a “real person.”

“He’s just an ordinary person who serves an extraordinary God,” Miller said.

Lester is excited for the opportunity for people to hear more about the services FCA provides.

“Hopefully others would want to get involved with what we do,” Lester said.

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