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Meet the Spartan Athlete with Cerebral Palsy!

Every year, thousands of athletes from around the world push their bodies to their physical limits in the Spartan Sprint races. Participants race along 3.5 miles of trails featuring 20+ obstacles, including wall jumps, rope climbs, and carrying 40-pound sandbags.

For the average person, the race is brutal. Now imagine doing the race with limited fine-motor control in one hand. Imagine racing when just walking heel-to-toe is difficult. Cerebral Palsy added those challenges to the race for Charleston resident John Sherrill. Still, he completed four races in 2016, showing his fellow competitors what it’s like to live a Life Without Limits.  Completing the races required adaptability, persistence, and supportive teammates, but he approached each race as any other athlete.

Since his friend Herman dared him to join his team a year-and-a-half ago, John has transformed from self-described couch potato to certified Spartan finisher! He has changed his eating habits and trains with Herman five days a week. He refers to himself as a “grinder;” he isn’t the fastest competitor, but he finishes the race.

Challenging himself physically was his main goal but he also believed it was important to race for people who have greater physical limitations than he. So John suggested to Herman that their team raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina during 2016. By the end of the year, they had raised more than $3,000 to benefit those we serve at UCP!

John wrote to us in December to share his incredible story. Along with his letter, he sent a Spartan t-shirt and one of his Spartan medals to give to an individual with Cerebral Palsy who lives the Spartan mission statement:

“We are Spartans on and off the course. We believe in changing your frame of reference and transforming your life. Spartans laugh in the face of failure and continue forward. We welcome challenges and embrace discomfort. Be active. Be curious. Be human. We are unbreakable. We are strong. WE ARE SPARTAN.

We recently presented the t-shirt and medal to Preston, whose courage and determination inspire us daily. Preston has had physical challenges with Cerebral Palsy but he has lived a Life Without Limits. He graduated from community college with a liberal arts degree; earned multiple gold and silver medals from the Special Olympics; and has written six books. To us, Preston IS a Spartan! As you can see from the picture, he wears the shirt and medal with great pride!

Thank you, John, for your team’s commitment to help those we serve at UCP of South Carolina. You inspire our team in our mission to empower with people with disabilities!

World Activity Day 2017

The Exercise Science Club of USC will hold its World Activity Day fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina on Sunday, April 9th. World Activity Day is a team field event designed to promote physical fitness and health and it is a great way for the individuals served by UCPSC to show off their physical capabilities! Registration is $6 per student or $24 for a team of four students. Check in will begin at 10:15 and the activities start at 11. Lunch will be provided at no extra cost and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams! The deadline to register online for the event is Friday, April 7th at 5 p.m. If you are registering a team, please include all of the team member names in the notes section when you submit your PayPal payment. For more information, contact Alanna Boozer, UCP of South Carolina Development Coordinator, at aboozer@ucpsc.org. Be sure to like the UCP of South Carolina Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ucpsc and check the page for updates.  We hope to see you there!


5th Annual Ride for a Life

It's time to get your engines started for United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina's 5th annual Ride for a Life fundraiser! The event is being led for the fourth year in a row by our friends from the Mad Hatters Riding Club. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the UCP of South Carolina office with kickstands up at 11 a.m. Riders will stop at several different points in the community with an after party starting at 4 p.m. at Ventures Bar and Grill in Lexington.  The after party will feature a DJ, 50/50 drawing, raffle, and live auction. Please keep checking this page for additional details as they become available, including event sponsors, a route map with directions to the various stops, and after party details. In the event of inclement weather, the ride will be rescheduled for April 29, 2017. Registration is $10 for a single rider; $15 for a couple; and $50 for a group of five riders. An event t-shirt is included at no extra cost for those who pre-register online. T-shirts are $10 per person for those who register the day of the event. For more information, please contact Alanna Boozer, Development Coordinator, at 803-926-8878 or aboozer@ucpsc.org


Note: If you are registering a group of five riders, please e-mail names of the riders and shirt sizes to aboozer@ucpsc.org once you have registered.

Ride For a Life 2017 Registration
T-shirt Sizes
Second T-shirt Size (Riders with Passengers)


Bikes will leave out from the UCP of South Carolina office at 11 a.m. and riders will make several stops around Lake Murray before the after party at Venture's Bar and Grill in Lexington. In addition, at the after party, Ventures will be selling barbecue plates for $10 per person.  All of the proceeds will be donated to UCP of South Carolina!  

Full List of Stops

1) Boondocks on Murray Bar and Grill - 3007 US Hwy. 378, Gilbert, SC 29054

2) The Lake Shack Grub and Pub - 3660 Prosperity Hwy., Prosperity, SC 29127

3) Frayed Knot Bar and Grill - 1701 Dreher Island Rd., Chapin, SC 29036

4) Schooner's Bar and Grill - 6226 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC 29212

5) Ventures Bar and Grill - 5531 Edmund Hwy., Lexington, SC 29073


Would you like to show your support for a Life Without Limits and generate awareness for your company at the same time? Then consider being a sponsor for Ride for a Life! We have several different sponsorship packages available and we are happy to talk with you and help determine one that best suits your interests. For more information on sponsorships for Ride for a Life, contact Alanna Boozer at aboozer@ucpsc.org.
Sponsor Levels

Pack the Park for Midlands Gives

On August 30th, help us Pack the Park for Midlands Gives at Spirit Communications Park! The Columbia Fireflies are hosting a special game to honor Midlands Gives non-profits and the conclusion of the Fireflies’ inaugural season!   We are selling tickets for $10 a piece, and the Fireflies will split half of our ticket proceeds with us! In addition, the Fireflies will donate $0.50 for every ticket scanned at the game into a prize pool. The three non-profits that sell the most tickets to the game will get to share the prize! If you’re interested in purchasing tickets to the game, contact Alanna at alayton@ucpsc.org to receive a ticket order form. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. and you can pick up your tickets on game day at the Box Office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or at the Will Call window after 4 p.m.. The deadline for ticket orders is Friday, August 26th at noon so be sure to get your tickets soon!  

United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina is working to positively support and impact the achievement of a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities. 

Contact  today to learn about us and how you can support a Life Without Limits for people living in your community.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) supports the people we serve to achieve better lives, helping them to maximize their potential, encouraging them to explore their aspirations and dreams, and providing ongoing support as they continue a lifelong journey of development and growth.

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