Wofford basketball player, camp counselor drowns

YMCA Camp Thunderbird counselor Jeremiah Tate, who plays college basketball at Wofford College, drowned after diving into Lake Wylie near Charlotte, N.C. on June 22.

Tate was a rising junior on Wofford’s Division 1 basketball team and working as a camp counselor for the summer. He and a fellow counselor jumped off a bridge into the lake after hours, according to reports.

Camp Thunderbird executive director Jill Moore noted in a statement on the camp’s Facebook page that the bridge was not on camp property and that both counselors had co-counselors present in their cabins.

“As a camp family, we are heartbroken,” she wrote. “We know you feel the same way. Right now, we are fully focused on supporting those involved and their families, along with our camp staff and campers. As you can imagine, our counselors and campers build bonds like family while they are here. We have grief counselors on site to provide any support that is needed.”

The Wofford men’s basketball team released the following statement:

“With deep sadness, we are mourning the loss of Jeremiah Tate. Jeremiah was truly a prominent ambassador for Wofford College and our team. He always thought of others first and was the ultimate teammate. Jeremiah was loved by his teammates and coaches and his positive personality was contagious. He was loved throughout campus and his outlook on life was felt by countless people. He will truly be missed and our deepest condolences are with his family”

Tate was an accounting major, a Bonner Scholar, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Pre-Law Society. He was 19 years old.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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