Nine Special Olympics athletes from across North Carolina became official spokespersons for the organization after they participated in the annual Global Messenger Training Program August 17-18 at the Special Olympics North Carolina headquarters in Morrisville, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
The Global Messenger program is one of several athlete leadership programs offered by Special Olympics through which athletes have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills outside of sports. In the 2-day training, athletes learn facts about Special Olympics and how to make an effective presentation. As part of the training, athletes created their first speech and presented it to the class.
As Global Messengers, Special Olympics athletes recruit other athletes and volunteers, and give public education presentations that allow them to share the personal impact Special Olympics has had in their lives. SONC Vice President of Communications Rachel McQuiston of Apex, SONC Manager of Communications & Social Media Katie McGhee of Raleigh, SONC Athlete Annie Tane of Chapel Hill and Perry Flynn, a UNCG speech pathologist, of Greensboro served as trainers.
Athletes were nominated to attend the training by Special Olympics North Carolina local program coordinators. Global Messengers are available to make presentations about Special Olympics in communities across the state. To schedule a speaker, contact Rachel McQuiston at 919.719.7662 ext. 110 or visit www.sonc.net for a listing of Global Messengers throughout the state.
The following athletes are new Global Messengers for Special Olympics North Carolina.
Global Messenger Speech Coach/Mentor
Mackenzie Jamison of Mooresville Heather Campbell of Mooresville
Elizabeth Presnell of Vilas Jake Harkey of Banner Elk
Jacob Huffman of Gastonia Bethany Hensley of Gastonia
Brian Bennett of Hope Mills Joanne Hayes of Eastover
Megan Czejkowski of Raleigh Rosemary Czejkowski of Raleigh
Bryan Henry of Apex Chris Underwood of Durham
Tyrone Glover of Siler City Morgan Simmons of Apex (Unified partner)
Andro Keck of Kure Beach Chris Keck of Kure Beach
Calvin Osborne of Charlotte Todd Carter of Charlotte
For photos of the 2018 Class of Global Messengers, click here.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Throughout 2018, the Special Olympics movement is celebrating 50 years of joy, courage and empowerment. Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.