Benefit ski show to raise money for family of teen who drowned in Lake Wylie

This is one of three pyramids in a typical Carolina Show Ski Team performance.
This is one of three pyramids in a typical Carolina Show Ski Team performance. photo courtesy of Carolina Show Ski Team

The first ski show at Windjammer Park following the drowning of a Fort Mill High graduate will be held in his honor and to raise money for his family.

Tee Muhammad, 19, drowned Monday while trying to swim from the Tega Cay park to a nearby island.

After learning of his death, members of the Carolina Show Ski Team – which performs each week at Windjammer – wanted to help.

“We don’t have any official ties to the family or boy who died, but being part of such a small community, many of our members felt compelled to do something,” said Rebecca Brusch, a spokeswoman for the ski team. “One thing we can do is ski and we can donate 100 percent of our profits.”

Donations collected at Friday night’s show will go to Muhammad’s family. Two sponsors have agreed to match donations up to $500.

The Carolina Show Ski Team is a nonprofit group founded in 1992 that performs water ski shows throughout the summer at Windjammer Park. The group has about 80 members. The youngest skieris 4 years old.

Show skiing, Brusch says, is like an aquatic Broadway musical with a plot, script and music.

Those attending the show will see some barefooting, water ballet, human pyramids, strapped doubles, sky skiing, trios and “lots of fancy tricks,” Brusch said.

The ski group has held benefit shows to help people with medical bills. Part of their mission is also to raise awareness for water safety.

“This young boy was taken too soon,” Brusch said. “As a community, let’s get together and help his family.”

The pre-show is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the main event at 7 p.m. at Windjammer Park, 8999 Windjammer Drive in Tega Cay. Admission and parking are free. Carpooling is encouraged because of limited space.

Concessions are available and non-alcoholic carry-ins are permitted. Bring your own blanket or chair.

For information, visit carolinashowski.org.