Heroes: After Hours @ Plenty Mercantile, Oklahoma City [12 September]

Heroes: After Hours

17:30 - 20:00

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Plenty Mercantile
807 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
Join us for a relaxed evening to learn more about our program and mission, mingle with friends, and enjoy beer, wine, appetizers, a silent auction and wine pull! Proceeds benefit Limbs for Life Foundation. Tickets are $35.

Our featured heroes will take off their capes, giving us a more personal look at their challenges and triumphs.

J Dee Marinko is a native Oklahoman and member of USA Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team. J Dee grew up in Newcastle and played college football at Panhandle State University. He was 28 years old and working as an Air Force base supply tech at Tinker AFB when he was diagnosed with cancer which ultimately led to the loss his right leg in 2009. During his recovery, he missed being active and began looking for an athletic outlet, which he found right around the corner. The USA Sitting Volleyball Team trained in his hometown of Edmond, Oklahoma. He began training, and after only 4 months, made the team. Marinko was selected as the 2015 Team USA Volleyball Male Sitting Player of the Year. As an outside hitter, he played a key role in helping the squad qualify for the 2016 Paralympics Games in Brazil and has many championship experiences. The father of two will share his adventures with us.

Charlie Swearingen plays middle blocker for the USA Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team. From Gulfport, Mississippi, Charlie played beach volleyball growing up and baseball at Millsaps College. Charlie was born without ankle bones or the small fibula bone in his lower legs. He discovered sitting volleyball through the UCO Endeavor Games in Edmond, Oklahoma and moved to Oklahoma City in 2009 to train with the USA Men’s Team. A certified flight paramedic with Air Methods, Charlie now lives near Denver, with his wife, Marge and is working on his PhD in physiology. He is the author of three published training textbooks for flight paramedics. Originally recruited for track, Swearingen preferred a team sport and joined the USA Team in 2009. Swearingen was part of the United States Olympic Committee’s torch relay in advance of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. In Rio, Charlie and his team took 8th Place at the 2016 Paralympic Games. Hear more of Charlie’s escapades at Heroes: After Hours on Sept. 12.
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