In July, 7,000 Special Olympic athletes will arrive in Los Angeles for the Summer World Games. These athletes and unified partners will be traveling from 177 countries for the year’s largest sporting event in the U.S.

Ellinor Walters and Kylie MacFarland from Charleston will be the first team from South Carolina to compete as sailors in a World Game.

They will compete as a Level 1 team in a Flying Junior boat.

On June 3, the four other teams traveling to LA to represent the USA will arrive in Charleston to practice and compete in the Special Olympics open regatta at the James Island Yacht Club. They will practice on June 4 and compete in the regatta June 5-7.

Everyone is welcome to the opening ceremonies around 8 p.m. or the following days to support these dedicated athletes, unified partners and volunteers. This is the 10th year of the Special Olympics regatta, and we are successful because of the wonderful support of the sailing community.

This year’s Saturday supper is “The Taste of James Island”. If you own a restaurant and would like to donate, please contact me. My philosophy is small donations from a lot of giving people equals success.

Thank you, Charleston. This program is successful because of you.


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