The Official Website of the Matt Blackwell Foundation





NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 16th has been canceled. We plan to return again in the spring of 2021.

The 18th Annual


Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament

Saturday, May 11, 2019

For a recap on this year’s tournament, go to our Golf Tournament page.


~Team Matt Run for One~


RunforOne2017  (click to read letter)



The Matt Blackwell Foundation Endowment Scholarship



Congratulations to Joshua Vincent, the first recipient of the newly-established Matt Blackwell Foundation Endowment Scholarship at Clemson University. Joshua is a 2016 graduate of Buford High School and will major in mathematical sciences at Clemson. He will also be a member of Tiger Band. We wish for Joshua a wonderful college experience and are proud to have him as a member of our Matt Blackwell Foundation family.





Remembering  Mark Blackwell

Matt’s uncle, Mark Blackwell, was an amazing man and a wonderful example of how we should live our lives; with passion, determination, and the spirit of helping others. Like Matt, when Mark was in, he was All In. There is no better example of his approach to life than his love and dedication for his nephew and the Foundation that later bore his name. The Matt Blackwell Foundation has benefited enormously from the efforts of Mark Blackwell. Beginning as a fundraising idea in 2005, Mark decided to run a full, 26.2 mile, marathon, and because of  its success, this became an annual event. In October of 2008, Mark took it to another level, the “extra mile” you could say, as he came back to Lancaster, SC , Matt’s home, and ran an amazing 51 miles (see article below) in honor of his beloved nephew. In his lifetime, Mark logged approximately 200 miles for the Matt Blackwell Foundation and his runs raised nearly $50,000. He was truly a giver; of his time, of his talents, of his heart. All of us who knew and loved him were truly blessed and he, like Matt, will never be forgotten.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~2 Timothy 4:7

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(Click to read article and enlarge photo)





The 15th Annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament

        Go to Golf Tournament page for results and photos         




Run With Heart 5K

Held on April 2, 2016 at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, S.C. , the run/walk featured 16 team members who all completed the course in memory of Matt and in honor of his uncle, Mark Blackwell. We are still accepting donations for those who would like to support our team and the work of The Matt Blackwell Foundation. To read our sponsorship letter, click on RunWithHeart2016





Doc sign

On December 16, 2015 the Blackwell family met with representatives from Clemson University to finalize  documents to establish a scholarship endowment in honor of Matt and the Foundation that bears his name. Michael Ward, Senior Director of Development and Bob Mahony of the Clemson Athletic Department made it a special event for the Blackwells by arranging to have the signing done at the new player baseball facility at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. They did this knowing Matt’s love for sports, especially baseball, and knowing Matt had attended baseball camps in that baseball stadium. New head baseball coach, Monte Lee, joined everyone for the signing of the documents and, afterwards, gave a tour of the new facility. It was a special day for all. For more details on the endowment, please visit the website’s  Scholarships page.


Thank You For Your Support






















Proudly Supporting the Lancaster Chapter of the SC Junior Golf Association





Thank you for supporting TEAM MATT in the 2015 Myrtle Beach Marathon. Congratulations to Heather & Jim Storey , who both ran the 26.2 miles! 






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