Rion Holcombe is 20. He has Down syndrome, and lives with his parents in South Carolina. Two weeks ago, he got some wonderful news — he'll be a Clemson Tiger in 2014. The young man's joyous reaction to being accepted to Clemson University's ClemsonLIFE program was captured on camera and posted by his mother Susan Holcombe.
The program is designed to give students with mental disabilities a post-secondary experience and full inclusion in a college community ("LIFE" stands for "Learning is for everyone"). It runs two to three years, and includes classes in applied math, fitness, literature, career skills and communications. The students also participate in supervised on-campus jobs and then placements off-campus, so they can build career portfolios to show prospective employers.
In 2011, George sat down for an interview with Evan Sneider, in which he talked about being the first actor with Down syndrome to play the lead in a feature film, 2010's Girlfriend.