Name: Charlie Swearingen
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-3
Birthplace: Gulfport, Miss.
Hometown: Gulfport, Miss.
High School: Gulfport High School
College: Millsaps College
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (8th Place)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018: World ParaVolley World Championships (8th)
  • 2014 : World ParaVolley World Championships (10th Place)
  • 2010: Sitting World Championships (10th Place)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019 - Parapan American Games (Silver)
  • 2016 - ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (6th Place)
  • 2015 - Parapan American Games (Silver)
  • 2012: Intercontinental Cup in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 2011: Parapan American Games (Silver); Continental Cup; Sarajevo Open
  • 2010: Parapan American Championship (Silver Medal); WOVD World Cup (Fifth Place)
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  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • Charlie was born without ankle bones or the small, non-weight bearing fibula bone in his lower legs
  • He is a certified flight paramedic, and has worked a variety of disasters, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Charlie played baseball through college. He also played beach volleyball on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • Charlie found out about sitting volleyball in 2009 while attending the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Okla.
  • Charlie is working on his PhD in physiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Personal: Full name is Charles Freeman Swearingen... Father Gene Swearingen died in 2013, Mother is Jan Swearingen... Has a sister named Susan Scott... Wife is Marge Fraser Swearingen... Admires his parents for "ommitting the words disability and failure while raising me and highlighting the word love."