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Skyler's Story

Jordan Thomas Skyler Powell, better known as Skyler to friends and classmates, had just left his home and was on his way to school. He was speeding around a curve near Dill Road when he lost control of his car. Skyler was traveling south on State 11 when he over-corrected, crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road into the woods. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The car struck several trees, and Skyler was tragically killed.

Skyler played running back, wide receiver and linebacker for the Cardinals and was selected to the All-Region I-2A team as a linebacker in 2015.  Jason Farmer, head coach of the Landrum High football team, described Powell as a terrific kid who loved life. “It didn’t matter if he was playing football or talking to me in the weight room, he always had a smile,” Farmer said. “Even if I had to get onto him a little bit, he still always had a smile. He was a lovable kid. He wanted to make Landrum football great.”

Skyler’s mother says she hopes her son's story and mistake will prevent other parents from experiencing the same grief. Tammy Taylor works closely with Spartanburg District One and with the Southeastern Chapter - National Safety Council Alive at 25 campaign. She said speed ultimately caused her son's death and the fact he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Taylor wants teens to slow down and realize how one mistake can be the difference in life and death.


About the Camp

Landrum High School Football program, in partnership with the Southeastern Chapter - National Safety Council, hosted a one-day educational program for Landrum area children up to 8th grade. The program took place on the morning of Saturday, August 5th prior to the school district’s annual Jamboree. This free community program honored the memory of Skyler Powell by providing local children with a fun summer program that incorporates an overview of football fundamentals while also touching on the need to prevent distracted driving. Students received the following: 

  • Free Football Camp Registration
      Safety Equipment Provided During Camp

  • Lunch and Beverages

  • Safety Education
      Promote awareness of unsafe vehicle behaviors

  • Free T-Shirt

  • Special Guest Speaker



Halos for Helmets 

Each student learned the importance of safety in the vehicle and will be asked to pledge to act responsibly and make the right decisions while in the vehicle. Students will pledge to wear a seatbelt at all times, limit distractions for themselves and their driver and to follow posted speed limits. By making this pledge, each student will receive a halo sticker to remind them of their commitment and how a mistake in the vehicle can cost lives.