Coach McGuire died in 1994, and his son, Frankie, died in 2008.
One of the main objectives of CarolinaLIFE – “LIFE” is an acronym for “Learning Is For Everyone” – is to make sure its students live a regular campus life. CarolinaLIFE students attend University 101 and audit classes in areas that interest them. They are encouraged to join clubs, attend campus events and secure part-time jobs or internships.
“I think the opportunity is for them to experience things they’ve never experienced before,” said Dr. Les Sternberg, dean of the College of Education, which administers the program. “They get to experience things that were out of bounds before.”
“It’s amazing to see their development and growth” after two years in the program, he said. That’s something that Bailey can confirm first-hand. His son, Donald Alston, is a CarolinaLIFE student.
Since enrolling in the program, Donald Alston, 22, has blossomed. His interest in sports led him to take physical-education classes and train for a triathlon, which he ended up winning. He works as an intern at USC’s Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.
“To have the ability and confidence to live independently and have a job, if nothing else, he’ll get that out of program,” Bailey said.