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12-year-old boy mowing lawns to pay for college gets lift from Lowe's, Panthers coach

A South Carolina boy who was saving money for college by mowing lawns was surprised by the Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and Lowe’s with a new mower and more.
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LANCASTER, S.C. (WTHR) — A South Carolina boy who was saving money for college by mowing lawns was surprised by the Carolina Panthers and Lowe’s with a new mower to aid his efforts.

A tweet by the team said 12-year-old Jaylin Clyburn got all new equipment for his efforts, courtesy of Panthers coach Ron Rivera and the home improvement chain.


"I love to help people," Jaylin said. "Like open the door for people and help my elders."

He paired his love for helping others with his urge to build a college fund by cutting grass.

Jaylin told WCNC he got interested in landscaping because his cousin does it. When he decided to start his business, he took to Facebook to post about his services.

A man named Joe Lalino saw Jaylin's Facebook post and decided he was the right one for the job.

"I called the number and he showed up one night with his mother and I think it was his cousin. And that's when the whole thing started for me," Lalino said.

When Jaylin was getting ready to start the job, Lalino noticed his equipment was not the nicest.

"He's got this little lawn mower that is really almost a toy," Lalino said. Feeling generous, he told him to use a new lawn mower he had recently bought for the job. Then, he let Jaylin keep it.

Lalino became a friend and mentor to Jaylin — teaching him how to market himself; making flyers.

Jaylin said he's mowed more than 100 lawns this summer. He says he wants to meet Cam Newton and become an NFL player when he grows up.