Why is there a scholarship program set up in Brett's name? Hopefully getting to know Brett and the information on this website will help explain why and what is accomplished for students around the State of South Carolina while honoring the memory of Brett.
A little about Brett:
Brett started helping the football team at Rock Hill High School when he was between the ages of 8 and 9. He managed the sideline phone cord for his dad,Head Football Coach Jim Ringer. This was before the days of affordable wireless phone sets and involved around 200 feet of wire. With close to 80 people on the sideline and Jim at times needing to move quickly along the edge of the field, it took great skill to keep up with him without hanging him up. Brett was the only one able to do it. Brett was a high level academic student and he played on the varsity team his last two years of high school. After Brett started playing, an adult tried to handle Jim's cords and was not successful at meeting Brett's standards.
After high school Brett attended Clemson University where he remained active within the sport but in a different capacity.
Brett started helping as one of 3 in the Video Production department. To put in perspective the responsibility of the football production department back in early 2000, think about this; it now takes about 15 to 25 students in the video service department to do what Brett and two others did back in the day.
So, all those Clemson videos and promotional videos you saw were due to Brett and two others! Thanks Brett for some awesome coverage of the Clemson Tigers!
Tragically, in 2001, while working at his seasonal summer job at a Rock Hill fireworks warehouse, Brett was killed and two others injured when an explosion of fireworks rocked the inside the warehouse, and expanded out. This happened just a short week from when Brett was to begin his Master's program at Clemson.
Jim wanted to honor his son's memory in a special way. Brett was always so studious and giving of himself that Jim decided he would raise money to help students attend a higher level of education in Brett's honor by having a golf tournament.
Teams would register and the money would go into the Brett Ringer Golf Fund. Then scholarship applications would be accepted and a committee would choose from those applications.