To say that Spencer Eason-Riddle likes helping others would be a huge understatement.
When he’s not studying for his master’s in health administration or practicing with the South Carolina football team, he’s visiting the children’s hospitals in Columbia or cancer patients or helping out at the VA Hospital, where he initiated the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program for sick children.
Eason-Riddle, a May 2019 South Carolina graduate, has logged more than 100 hours of community service in the last year. For his efforts, he is one of 22 college football players named to the American Football Coaches Association Allstate AFCA Good Works team.
The junior linebacker and special teams player was presented a trophy by Allstate Tuesday at Will Muschamp’s weekly press conference and earned a trip to the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the 22-member team will be honored at halftime.
“This is an incredible honor. It’s something that I have been working toward,” said Eason-Riddle, who received the football team’s Community Service Award last year and has been named to the SEC Community Service Team twice. “My community service really began with me wanting to help the City of Columbia and I wanted to be of service to these great people and impact the community. I’m blessed to have the platform that I have being a Gamecock football player and I think there a lot of things you can do to have an impact and serve the community. I’m proud to be selected for this great honor.”
Eason-Riddle played in all 13 games on special teams last year and made four tackles in the Belk Bowl at linebacker. He has played in all nine games this season on special teams.
How does he find time to do community service work while attending grad school and play football?
“It is pretty difficult,” he said. “I do have to be pretty good at time management and find little blocks here and there that I can take breaks from school and whenever we are free from football and have an hour or two somewhere. A lot of times I go visit cancer patients at South Carolina Oncology Associates. I love doing that. I love going to visit chronically ill kids at the children’s hospital and helping the VA and emergency rooms and the physical therapy department.
“I love doing those kind of things. It’s hard during the season but once you get the routine of it, I can get to them.”