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SC Senior Sports Classic Hall of Fame

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2018 Hall of Fame Recipients

Barbara Eisele- Greenwood, SC

  • Rekindled her love of swimming at age 68.  
  • Attended her first SCSSC in 1992
  • Qualified for the National Senior games in 2001 (Baton Rouge, LA), 2003 (Hampton Roads, VA), 2007 (Louisville, KY), 2009 (San Francisco, CA), 2011 (Houston, TX), 2013 (Cleveland, OH), and 2017 (Birmingham, AL).
  • Member of the US Masters Swimming program and earning 249 top ten designations in all strokes earning her 100 state records.  
  • Received the All American award in the 100 Butterfly and 400 Individual Medley 
  • Listed in the world records for her age group in the 200 Backstroke, 200 Breaststroke, 50 & 100 Fly, and 100, 200, and 400 IM.  


Marion Colleen Littlejohn- Chester, SC

  • Served the SCSSC for over 20+ years, joining the board in 1990
  • Through her work with the Golden Age Club, she helped start the Chester local games in 1987
  • Was named Chairperson of the Senior Adults Committee by the SC Recreation and Parks Association and became the Leroy Springs Senior Director for the Ft. Mill and Lancaster programs in 2001.
  • Awarded the SCSSC Lifetime Board Membership designation
  • Has served in various capacities with the SCSSC including special events, registration, awards, treasurer, on the Executive committee, and was chair of the Local games Coordinators Council


Ahmad Faheem Shabazz- Simpsonville, SC

  • Was assigned to coach and compete in the Army Ranger Track & Field team where he fell in love with the sport and has competed all over the world
  • Joined the USATF Masters circuit competing in 19 different events
  • Oldest active male hurdler and pole vaulter in SC
  • Has accumulated over 300 track & field medals and is All-American in nine different events
  • Is the state record holder in the short and long hurdles
  • Qualified for 14 ranking awards in the World Masters Athletics in 2016
  • Began his senior games career initially at the Greenville Senior Sports classic


Richard Frank Zaino, Sr

  • Served as a Scout master for 50 years, leading and inspiring young people 
  • After retiring in 2005, he immediately got involved with the Sun City Challenge and Beaufort/ Jasper County Senior games
  • Helped organize and conduct local events prior to advancing to the SCSCC state games to represent the Low Country in the triathlon, cycling, swimming, race walking, 5k, and numerous track & field events
  • Qualified and participated in the 2005 National Senior games in Cleveland, OH placing 5thin the triathlon
  • Returned to Nationals in 2017 (Birmingham, AL) as one of the SC flag bearers and captured the triathlon gold medal


2016 Hall of Fame Recipients

Barbara Alderson

  • Important component of the success of the Chester Senior Games by serving in roles of games planning, management, and financial resource.
  • Has participated in the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic since 1998.
  • Medaled in Golf at the 2003 National Senior Games in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
  • Her favorite hobby, at the age of 93, is SKYDIVING!


Lorena “Rena” Grant

  • Named the “Pickleball Pioneer” by the United States Pickleball Association for South Carolina by introducing the game in the Grand Strand area in 2004.
  • Initiated the introduction of Pickleball to the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic.
  • Lead the inaugural Myrtle Beach Seaside Classic Pickleball Tournament which hailed Myrtle Beach as a “Pickleball Powerhouse”.
  • Named Myrtle Beach City Volunteer of the Year in 2013 by logging 788 volunteer hours at the age of 90.


Bob Rockwell

  • Began participating in the Greater Greenville Senior Sports Classic and South Carolina Senior Sports Classic in 2001.
  • Has earned 25 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals in track & field from the National Senior Games and the USA Track & Field Masters Regionals.
  • In 2015, at the age of 65, Bob made a triple jump at the National Senior Games in Minnesota of 33’0” making him ranked 9th in the world.
  • Compiles and maintains track & field performance records and results for the Greater Greenville Senior Sports Classic and the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic.


Al Stern

  • Helped organize the Sun City Hilton Head Volleyball Club and the Beaufort-Jasper Senior Games.
  • Coached the Sun City Masters teams at the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic.
  • Serves as Director and Coach of the Low Country Volleyball Club’s USA Juniors Program.Al coached the Bluffton High School Girls Volleyball team which won the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award 10 years in a row under his leadership


2014 Hall of Fame Recipients

    Ann Carter

  • SC Senior Sports Classic track and field star since 1997
  • Ranked number 3 in the World in 2012 in Women's Short Hurdles
  • Ten time National medalist at NSGA National Games from 1999-2013 including 2 Gold, 3 Silver, and 5 Bronze finishes
  • US Track and Field National Championships Masters Division medalist every year from 1987-2013


    Bernie Ditter

  • 13 year U. S. Track and Field, NSGA National Games, SC Senior Sports Classic and Low Country Senior Games multi sport athlete
  • 249 Time medalist accumulating 158 Gold, 48 Silver, and 33 Bronze awards
  • Organizer/Board Member for the Low Country Senior Games and SC Senior Sports Classic since 2002
  • Patient representative for Roper Hospital for 17 years and 2013 retired service volunteer program Volunteer of the Year for his work in the Ninth Circuits Juvenile Arbitration Program


   Bobby Baker

  • Multi Sport athlete with 20 years of senior sports competition at the Local, State and National levels
  • Member of the Sumter Sports Hall of Fame
  • Sumter YMCA "Coach of the Century" recipient for 40 years of youth and adult athletic leadership
  • SC Senior basketball standout at NSGA National Games since 1999

2012 Hall of Fame Recipients

    Mack Branham  

  • State and National track and field competitor holding 33 State, National and World records
  • All American Masters track and field Honoree with 213 track and field awards.
  • USA power lifter with 10 State, 7 National and 7 World Championships
  • Recipient or the Order Of The Palmetto, South Carolina's Highest Civilian Honor                              

    Lavinia McDonald

  • Local, State and National Games competitor holding 5 State records in Discus, Shot Put and Javelin
  • Gold medal winner in the Javelin and Bronze medal winner in the Shot Put at the 2005 National Senior Games in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Physical Education teacher and coach for 3 decades
  • 2006 Recipient of the SC Senior Sports Classic Spirit Award

    Nana Whalen

  • US Masters National swimming champion recognized annually with a top ten in her age group
  • National Games Torch Relay runner and multiple swimming medal winner and record holder on the Local and State levels
  • Multiple NSGA Nationals medal winner with a bronze in the 50 and 60 meter butterfly at the 2005 National Games in Pittsburgh, PA and a gold in the 200 meter backstroke and a silver in the 100 meter backstroke at the 2009 National Games in Palo Alto, CA
  • Recipient of the Aquatic Exercise Association's Lifetime Achievement Award

2010 Hall of Fame Recipients

    Walter Lancaster

  • State, National and Masters track and field athlete earning 127 Gold, 44 Silver and 23 Bronze medals in the SC Senior Sports Classic
  • Competed in 7 National Senior Games amassing 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze medals while posting 20 more top 10 finishes
  • Three time medalist and multiple top 6 finisher in Masters track and field events
  • Twelve event competitor including 8 track and field and 4 swimming competitions at the 2009 National Senior Games in Palo Alto, CA

    Ronald Thompson

  • Gold medalist in the Texas and SC Senior Games
  • Six time National Senior Games competitor
  • 43 Gold, 14 Silver, 6 Bronze swimming medals holder in his first 14 years of State competition
  • Three top 5 finishes and 3 top 10 finishes at the National level in the 50 and 200 meter swimming backstroke events

    Debbie Wall

  • Organizer and Lifetime member of the SC Senior Sports Classic Organization
  • State and National competitor garnering a Silver medal in golf at Hampton Roads, VA in the 2003 National Senior Games
  • Recreation professional and member of the Amateur Softball Association, SC Recreation and Parks Association, and Florence Athletic Halls of Fame
  • 2009 Recipient of the SC Senior Sports Classic Lifetime Achievement Award

2008 Hall of Fame Recipients

    1993 Irmo-Chapin Men's 60+ Basketball Team

  • Ivory Hoskins, Cy Havid, Carl Adams, Bill Taylor, Fred Owens, Ray Hamby, Al Spotts and coach Carl Hust
  • Multiple State Senior Games and 1991 National Games competitors in Syracuse, NY
  • 1993 Semi Finalist win over defending champion Detroit Pistons in overtime at the National Senior Games in Baton Rouge, LA
  • First SC team National gold medalists with a 23-8 victory over Colorado at the 1993 NSGA National Championships

    Harmon Baldwin

  • Charter member of the Board of Directors of SC Senior Sports Classic
  • 43 year recreation professional for Darlington County
  • Local, State and National competitor in Senior Games basketball
  • Recipient of the Order of the Silver Crescent, South Carolina's highest volunteer service award
  • Namesake for the SCSSC Community Service Award

    Fulton Hines

  • Originator of the Senior Sports movement in South Carolina and first Lifetime Member of the SC Senior Sports Classic
  • Entertainer and performer with the internationally acclaimed Harlem Globetrotters
  • Recipient of the "Ageless Hero" and "South Carolina Traiblazer" awards
  • Local, State and National competitor in Senior Games horseshoes and bowling
  • Namesake for the SCSSC Volunteer of the Year Award

    Yvonne Hoskins

  • Twenty year competitor in the Lexington County and the SC Senior Sports Classic State Games
  • Multiple medalist and State record holder in SC Track and Field
  • National Gold Medalist in badminton
  • Recipient of the 2002 SC Senior Sports Classic Spirit Award

    Fred Owens

  • 20 year competitor in Local, State and National Senior Games
  • 1993 National gold medalist in basketball at Baton Rouge, LA
  • Holder of 325 medals at all levels of competition including tennis, golf and basketball
  • In 2008 ranked #1 in the State in the 80-84 age group in SCUSTA tennis

    George Martin

  • International Olympic Gold Medalist in water polo in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany
  • Siver swimming medalist in the 50m backstroke at the 1997 US National Senior Games
  • Six decade athlete in swimming and senior fitness
  • Multiple medalist and record holder in swimming at the SC State Games

    James Mann

  • Local, State and National Politician who has been an avid competitor, supporter, and promoter of Senior Athletics
  • Instrumental in the development and growth of the Greenville County Senior Games
  • 12 time medalist in the State Games competition
  • Former Citadel athlete and original participant in the Palmetto State Games

    Alexander Nellis

  • 15 year racket sport competitor in Local, State and National Senior Games
  • Holder of 225 medals in tennis, badminton, racquetball, bowling and track and field
  • Medalist in four National Senior Games
  • SC Senior Sports Classic marathoner at age 81 and State record holder through age 94

    Ernie Powell

  • Holds 2 gold medals, a top 5 spot and top 2 finishes in 5 different US National Senior Games events
  • Ranked nationally in the US Table Tennis Association
  • Local and State medalist winning a gold medal every year from 1992-2008 at the SC Senior Sports Classic
  • Founder and Charter Member of the Myrtle Beach Table Tennis Club

    Josephine Sullivan

  • 20 year competitor in Local, State and National and International Athletic Games
  • Record holder and multiple medalist in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and jumping events
  • 1991 International Master World Veterans Championship Triple Jump Gold medalist in FInland
  • Participant and promoter of senior activity and rejuvenation and senior action programs for Furman University and the Greenvile Senior Games
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