Medal of Honor Bowl has area players, local flavor

mohbowllogoSaturday’s Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston will feature some local flavor – in more ways than one.

Not only will the college all-star football game feature some players and coaches from the Palmetto State, but a local company, Pawleys Island Specialty Foods, has stepped up as a major sponsor.

The makers of Palmetto Cheese aren’t the only ones giving the game a taste of the Carolinas. Coaches Fisher DeBerry and Bobby Johnson and senior players Ronald Patrick, an offensive lineman from South Carolina and cornerback Terry Shankle of North Carolina, are among the participants at The Citadel.

“The game benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, and that’s an organization we really believe in,” said Brian Henry, who co-owns the company with wife Sassy Henry. “We’ve been involved in a lot of sporting events and it’s really paid off for us. It’s a natural fit for us.”

Palmetto Cheese, which recently overtook the top spot in the national pimento cheese market, was born at tailgate parties for Atlanta Braves games. When the Henrys relocated to Pawleys Island and took over the historic Sea View Inn, the unique twist on pimento cheese became a hit among guests.

Last fall, the company went on a “Spreadin’ the Soul” fall tour of the Southeast, sharing their product at college football games, NASCAR races and other events to spread their spread. Saturday’s Medal of Honor Bowl is just the latest sports endeavor that is endearing Palmetto Cheese to the masses.

The game kicks off at 2 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium and the players will have about three hours to impress scouts one last time before the NFL Draft. Proceeds go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps ease the transition for returning veterans and helps disabled vets acquire work and care.

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