Local Special Olympian earns honor

A Cassity resident received a distinguished award during the West Virginia State Basketball tournament in Morgantown recently.

Charlie Wine Jr., representing the Randolph County Special Olympics team was named to the 2013 All Corbett Team. John Corbett, chief executive officer of Special Olympics West Virginia, made the presentation.

Athletes are selected for their display of courage, outstanding skills, exemplary spirit and love of a sport as a Special Olympics West Virginia Athlete. Nominees received a basketball and certificate, and their names will be inscribed on a plaque and placed in the state office in Charleston.

Coach David Perry said he is proud of Wine and his accomplishments.

“He is one of only five honorees in West Virginia this year,” Perry said. “There were hundreds of athletes competing, so this is a great honor.”

Wine, the son of Beverly Wine of Cassity and Charles Wine Sr. of Sutton, said he is happy to receive the award.

“It is really nice to be selected for this award,” Wine said. “I can’t wait to tell my race car buddies and fire friends.”

“Charlie doesn’t let his disabilities hamper him in his quests,” Perry said. “He gives his all to help himself and his teammates win their games and medals.”