The running back has earned a name for himself between the hash marks. At Chapin High School in South Carolina, he ran over the competition. Literally. In addition to being a standout sprinter in track, David Bennett Galloway III racked up countless awards and accolades on the football field, including earning all-state and offensive player of the year honors. In fact, 247Sports ranked him as a three-star recruit, with a composite score of 86. He will suit up for the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks this season in the Sun Belt Conference.
Yet his real grind happened off the gridiron. When he wasn’t racking up carries, he was committed to charity.
Although this effort doesn’t draw the same spotlight as his football career, he is even more proud of these accomplishments. Eager to share this part of his life with others, the Chapin native runs through some of his most meaningful experiences.
Generations of Chapin
He started going to this local assisted living facility with his family over three years ago. Yet he quickly found it so rewarding that he would routinely visit on his own. And he would happily help any way he could. While he performed general clean-up and meal delivery duties, he enjoyed his time in front of the piano the most. Here, he would play, sing, and entertain the residents. Seeing their reactions made it all worthwhile.
The Heritage at Lowman
But his singing couldn’t be contained to just one stage. David Bennett Galloway III also shared his talents and spread holiday cheer at The Heritage at Lowman. Similar to other places he frequented, his family would sing Christmas carols and spend time with residents during the winter months. This was a yearly tradition put together by one of his former preschool teachers.
Screaming Eagles Special Needs Athletics
Using his skills as a multi-sport athlete, he joined this organization to work with those less fortunate. David Bennett Galloway III would play games outside with special needs students in this ongoing program. He did this during his entire four-year high school career. Baseball was particularly fun. He would help them understand and participate in the basics of the game, including running bases and working on their batting stance. It was especially meaningful to connect with others in this way. Their joy and enthusiasm to try new things were contagious for him.
Senior Citizens Golden Eagle Evening
He also served in his student government for four years. One of his favorite events was the Senior Citizens Golden Eagle Evening. This one-night event, sponsored by the student government, paired seniors with students. The goal was to swap stories, share memories, and connect with those in their community. For David Bennett Galloway III, he liked hearing how his elder’s experiences and childhood differed from his own.