CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One of the biggest high school events in the Lowcountry will not continue this year as the Sertoma Club confirmed that the Sertoma Classic football jamboree will not be held in 2019 and probably won’t continue after that.
The club’s president, Sam King Jr., confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon.
Lack of club members was given as one of the reasons for the decision, which was made last week. King said the Sertoma Club just didn’t have enough members to put on the jamboree any more.
“I loved the Classic; I was part of it since 1998.” said former chairman Debbie McKelvey in an email to Live 5 News. “I loved being able to be a part of a large community event that sparked enthusiasm for the upcoming high school football season, I loved working with the coaches and the cheerleaders, I loved watching the teams play and I loved being a small part of an organization that donated so much money to several children’s charities in the Lowcountry. Unfortunately it was extremely expensive to put on the two day event. I hate that it’s ending.”
Once an event that would bring in thousands of dollars each year for local charities, the Sertoma Classic has lost some popularity over the last few years as other school districts began their own preseason jamboree.
In 2016, Dorchester County started their own event featuring Summerville, Fort Dorchester and Ashley Ridge with all of the profits going back to the schools.
In 2018, Berkeley County followed suit with their own event.
Wando athletic director Bob Hayes, who served as the Warriors head coach for several years and has been around Sertoma for more than 3 decades was also disappointed. When asked about the possibility of Charleston County schools starting their own jamboree Hayes said that was probably a year away from happening.
2018 marked the 48th annual Sertoma Classic.