Here is some sad news you never like to hear of a promising college athlete. Wofford basketball player Jeremiah Tate drowned Monday morning after he and another man jumped off a bridge into Lake Wylie in Charlotte.
According to Sporting News, Tate was working as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird near Charlotte when he and counselor jumped off the bridge, about a thirty foot fall, for a swim.
The incident reportedly happened around 2 a.m. Monday morning.
Tate, who was just nineteen years old, was entering into his second year as Terrier basketball player. During last season, in which the Terriers won the Southern Conference tournament and fell to Arkansas in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament, Tate had minimal playing time, but hoped to turn things around for a promising sophomore season.
“The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate,” said Director of Athletics Richard Johnson in a statement from the school. “Jeremiah was such a dedicated, loved and respected member of the men’s basketball team. He had a wonderful personality and had many friends on campus extending outside of the athletic department. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family. He will truly be missed.”
It is never easy to lose a teammate, but the best thing for Wofford to do is be strong and play tough. That is what Tate would have wanted. We at Campus Sports send our condolences to Tate’s family and Wofford University.
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