When it comes to South Carolina, the word sport generally conjures up images of huge linebackers and garnet or orange clad cheerleaders. Suffice it to say, this state loves itself some football. But not everyone wants to play pigskin and thanks to that two very different, very old sports are beginning to grow a fan base.
This week we take a look at cricket and hurling, British and Irish exports respectively. Plus, two other newcomers to the Lowcountry’s sporting life: trampoline volleyball and beach bocce ball.
Hello!" Geoff Hawes, organizer of Summerville's cricket club, the Summerville Sandlappers, says, waving down my car as it pulls up next to a small shed on the edge of a muddy field. Hawes' British accent tips me off: I've found the cricket field. — Connelly Hardaway
When someone mentions that they play the sport of hurling, inevitably people first think they're referring to curling or making a bad joke about drinking too much whiskey. In fact, hurling is actually an Irish sport —it's not that Brit export cricket—that has a growing team in Charleston. — Daniel L. Gidick
When I was first asked to report on a bocce ball league in Charleston, little did I know that I would ultimately end up on a booze cruise headed to Morris Island, but thanks to the folks at Chucktown Social, that's what happened. — Viraj Naik
I started playing volleyball when I was 13 years old, so when I heard there was a new volleyball league at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, I couldn't help but puff up my chest a little, convinced I'd waltz in there and blow everyone out of the water. — Sarah Eastwood