Charleston mayor rallies for coach whose home was destroyed by fire

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Mayor Joe Riley asked for the public's support on Tuesday after a Lowcountry football coach lost everything earlier this year in a house fire which also destroyed equipment for a semi-pro football team.

Mayor Riley said the destruction of Coach Clay Hampton's house did not stop in North Charleston, he says the fire also affects young men and women throughout the city, who earned a second chance playing sports for Coach Hampton.

Mayor Riley is asking for the entire community to rally around Coach Hampton and his semi-pro team, the Charleston Blazing Hawks.

Since the March fire, Hampton says he's been living in a restaurant.

We've been told that that Ft. Dorchester High School has stepped in donating practice uniforms to the team.

Hampton says his team is still looking for helmets, pads, and game day uniforms. The coach says he's hoping to rebuild on the same plot of land where his home stood.

The Charleston Blazing Hawks are still practicing. Keep in mind, they don't have the equipment needed to play in the league this year.

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