About SCSC

About SC Sports Classic

The SC Sports Classic is the only SC sanctioned site for the National Senior Games Association, a member of the US Olympic Committee.  It is a quality recreation experience for adults ages 40 years and older designed to promote health, wellness and fitness through sport. The SCSC encourages every South Carolinian to embrace the opportunity to create and maintain a physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy lifestyle.

The goals of the South Carolina Sports Classic programs are:

  • To maintain and improve the health and wellness of South Carolina’s 40+ adults.
  • To provide competitive athletic and recreational experiences that focus attention on the importance of regular exercise in every individual’s personal plan of health.
  • To provide an opportunity for socialization for older adults across the state.
  • To improve the quality and quantity of senior athletic programming at the local level by providing an opportunity for community groups to work together toward a common goal.
  • To enhance the quality of life for South Carolina’s 40+ adults through education and activity.

This is accomplished through a network of year round Local Games, Invitational Events and the State Games held annually in May.

SCSSC History

The Senior Games in South Carolina began in 1985 when Fulton Hines, a former Harlem Globetrotter, walked into the Recreation Department of the City of Florence to inquire about Senior Athletic Programming in the area. He had just returned from an Invitational Sports Festival in St. Louis and he wanted to know if SC had a similar event. The Recreation Director at that time, Debbie Wall, researched senior athletics across the state and had to tell Mr. Hines that there were no similar programs. But right then and there the seed was planted for a program that would become one of the best in the country. What started as a one day event for fifty, 60-70 year olds in the Florence area has blossomed into over 3000, 50 - 100 year olds enjoying Spring and Fall Local Games around the state and a 4 day State Games Celebration in May. For the past three decades, the State Games have been held on the beautiful campus of Francis Marion University. Every other year, South Carolina qualifies 300 – 400 elite athletes for the National Senior Games, where 12,000 -15,000 competitors from across the globe go for the gold.

The SCSSC Executive Committee


Position Name  
President Ted Wroth  
V. President Jim Testor  
Secretary Melissa Jarrell  
Treasurer Debbie Eaddy  
Past President Tommy McWatters  
Member at Large Bettie Huggins  
Member at Large Debbie Wall  

          The SCSSC Board of Directors 

Debbie Wall                North Myrtle Beach                    

Colleen Littlejohn        Chester 

Sandra Bradley           Florence                         

Robin Parker              Florence

Kay Baker                   Fort Mill                                      

Gale Deaver               Florence

Amelia Guess             Chapin

Rose Ford                   Sumter      

Latrelle Chambers      Sumter                                        

Teresa Grice-Ginn       Columbia                          

Brian Stockmaster       Charleston

Bettie Huggins             Timmonsville                     

Rick Walden                 Florence

Carl Hust                      Columbia

Meliisa Jarrell               Florence

Rick Haverland            Greenville

Patrick Cobb                Columbia

Kim Patterson              Columbia

Dona McWatters          Chester

Jim Testor                    Columbia 

Jamie Cheek.               Florence

Yvette McKenzie.         Columbia

Phebe Holcombe.        Florence 

Dona McWatters.         Chester

Felicia Venable.           West Columbia     

Dell Connor.                 Chester   

Josephine Jupiter.        Florence  

Gracie Allen.                 Florence

SCSC Staff

State Games Director          Heidi Odom              Greenville

Bookkeeper                         Robin Parker             Florence

Facilitator                             Dean Blackburn        Florence

Coordinator                         Teresa Simons           Florence

Events Director                    Phil Gardner              Hartsville
















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