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Josh Lee Sarah Vande Berg James Campbell Mills Sproull I Am a Spartan When the “I Am a Spartan” campaign launched at the beginning of this year, no one could have ever imagined the tragedy that would befall the USC Upstate campus in the early morning hours of October 11. As news broke of a fiery car crash that claimed the lives of four USC Upstate student-athletes, Josh Lee, Mills Sproull, James Campbell and Sarah Vande Berg, and severely injured Felicia Ahlborg, disbelief and shock turned to grief and sadness on campus and throughout the community. What transpired in the hours, days and weeks that followed the news from that morning would not only underscore the original intent of this campaign, but would strengthen and solidify the true meaning of what it means to be a USC Upstate Spartan. While no words can adequately describe this loss to the USC Upstate family and the community, there continues to be some measure of comfort in knowing that these four, though lost too soon, made a difference to so many in the lives they led. It is in that spirit that the campaign lives on. It is in that spirit that the definition of a Spartan has become clearer. It is in that spirit that we now know together we have been and always will be #SpartanStrong. Editor’s Note: This is the original video created for the “I Am A Spartan” campaign launched at the start of this school year. Please be advised that it contains footage of Josh Lee, one of the student-athletes who tragically lost his life in the October car crash. 19  Fall 2015 Upstate Magazine 19 Magazine


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