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Special Olympics Team NC announced for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Sixty-one athletes and Unified Partners to compete in Seattle

Raleigh, NC – Special Olympics North Carolina is proud to announce the selection of 61 athletes and Unified Partners, 19 coaches and six delegation support personnel to represent the state at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.  Special Olympics Team NC will compete in 11 sports at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, July 1-6, according to SONC President/CEO, Keith L. Fishburne.      

Note: The Special Olympics Team NC roster by county can be found at http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-Special-Olympics-USA-Games-Team-NC-Roster.xlsx.  

Athletes were selected for Special Olympics Team NC based on their performances in state-level competition over the last year.  The following 23 local programs have athlete delegates and coaches on the roster: Buncombe, Cabarrus, Carteret, Cleveland, Craven, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford/Greensboro, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pender, Richmond, Transylvania, Union, Wake, Watauga and Wayne.   

Each athlete will compete in one of 11 sports at USA Games: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, Unified flag football, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming, tennis and volleyball.  Unified Sports allow individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete alongside each other. 

“Special Olympics Team North Carolina represents a diverse group of athletes and coaches from across the state,” said Fishburne.  “We know they will do an excellent job representing our state in what will be a memorable experience for everyone.”

Individuals can support Team NC’s journey to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games by donating online.

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.

About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Since 2006, Special Olympics USA Summer Games have been held every four years in different cities throughout the US. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, WA, July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement by promoting the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and by showcasing the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in education, health and community-building. For more information on the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, please visit www.SpecialOlympicsUSAGames.org.

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