S.C. high school sports community rallies around official whose house was wrecked by record flooding

S.C. high school sports community rallies around official whose house was wrecked by record flooding

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S.C. high school sports community rallies around official whose house was wrecked by record flooding

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South Carolina coach Jeff Whalen lost both his family's cars, appliances and suffered other serious house damage in Columbia's recent massive flooding (Photo: GoFundMe)

South Carolina coach Jeff Whalen lost both his family’s cars, appliances and suffered other serious house damage in Columbia’s recent massive flooding (Photo: GoFundMe)

The floods that took South Carolina devastated real estate throughout the region. One of the houses devastated happened to belong to Charlie Wentzky, the South Carolina High School League assistant commissioner. Making matters worse was that he was in the midst of planning for his forthcoming wedding to his fiance. The pair and Wentzky’s children were eventually evacuated from their Forest Acres home in Columbia, and not a moment too soon. What they left behind were the pair’s cars, which were totaled, and many of their belongings, which were affected by rising flood waters.

As reported by The Columbia State, even their wedding venue was washed out, forcing the couple to scramble to find a new place to hold their Friday nuptials. Still, both Wentzky and his future bride are excited for their future wedding, and are confident that their big day will be a fitting celebration, thanks in part to friends, some of whom have put up the couple since the floods.

“The rallying around from the sports community and support from teams, schools, athletes all doing their part has been amazing to see,” Wentzky told the State.

Of course, Wentzky certainly wasn’t the only one affected by the floods, and at least one other Columbia-area coach had to be rescued alongside his wife and their dogs by a neighboring boy in a boat. He, too, is simply happy to be alive, and thankful for his family’s many gracious friends, some of whom started a GoFundMe drive for the coach that has already raised more than $35,000.

“Those from the schools you played against and those from coaching profession, those are the people that have reached out as quickly as anyone,” Heathwood Hall boys basketball coach and athletics director Jeff Whalen told the State. “And it has been great to see the difference the kids and young people were able to make. Their help has been tremendous, and that is why we can have a positive attitude. We lost a bunch, but we feel like we gained a lot more.”

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