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South Carolina Special Olympians compete at National Championships

Lincoln, Nebraska - What a week!  South Carolina took the 4th largest delegation to the recent Special Olympics National Games in Nebraska. Our state was represented in 14 of the 15 sports offered.  A delegation of 150 represented athletes, unified partners, coaches, Project Unify representatives, delegates to the educators’ summit and program staff members.
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The week began with a chartered flight from Columbia on Saturday, July 17th. For some, this was their first time flying. Sunday brought an exciting Opening Ceremonies and then everyone was down to serious competition though the week. Friday evening was time to relax and reflect at Closing Ceremonies, then pack up for the Saturday flight back home.

The plane was a lot heavier on the return flight, since the delegation was carrying 131 medals earned during competition! For a complete list of athletes, unified partners, coaches, final results and photos visit www.so-sc.org.

SOSC was represented in tennis by three athletes and one coach. Jesse Wessinger from Lexington County competed in both singles and doubles. Casea Stever and Darryl Malone are both from Charleston County. Casea competed in singles and doubles (with Jesse as her doubles partner) while Darryl competed in skills. Josh Tutterow of Charleston served as volunteer tennis coach for Team South Carolina.

Results:
Jesse Wessinger
Singles – Silver Medal
Doubles with Casea Stever – Bronze Medal

Casea Stever
Singles – 4th Place
Doubles with Jesee Wessinger

Darryl Malone
Skills- Gold
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