Special Olympics North Carolina names new co-coordinators for New Hanover County

Johnathan Batts and Brooke Deamaral, both of Wilmington, NC, have been named the local program co-coordinators for Special Olympics New Hanover County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In this volunteer position, Batts and Deamaral will manage a committee that carries out Special Olympics activities within New Hanover County and helps provide sports training, competition opportunities, and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Under Batts and Deamaral’s leadership, the committee will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation as well as raise funds in support of the local program.
Batts previously served as coordinator for Special Olympics New Hanover County from 2002 to 2011. In his time in that role, he assisted in implementing the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics New Hanover County. Deamaral has three years of experience as a volunteer on Special Olympics New Hanover County’s local committee. She has helped recruit and manage volunteers for local events. She has also helped manage the local program’s delegation at state-level competitions. For the past 19 years, Deamaral has coached and volunteered for Special Olympics NC and Special Olympics Kansas. Both Batts and Deamaral are currently employed by the City of Wilmington.
To get involved in Special Olympics in New Hanover County, Jonathan Batts and Brooke Deamaral may be reached at
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, Special Olympics North Carolina 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 Engage with us on TwitterInstagramFacebook and YouTube.
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