Eleven Special Olympics North Carolina athletes and two Unified partners competed in the 2019 Penn Relays April 26 – 27 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. Unified partners are individuals without intellectual disabilities that train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes.
Hosted annually since 1895, the Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States. More than 80 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania competed alongside the country’s top high school and college athletes in the female 100-meter dash, male 100-meter dash, and 4×100 meter Special Olympics relay and 4x100m Unified relay.
Local Special Olympics North Carolina programs represented include: Davidson County, Lincoln County, Stanly County and Wake County.
The results of the 2019 Penn Relays are as follows:
- Davidson County: William Gaddis, 100-meter dash—Gold Medal
- Lincoln County: Karmoney McLain, 100-meter dash—7th place ribbon
- Stanly County: Isaiah Bennett, Milli’on Colson, Kristian Little and Colby Yow, 4×100 Special Olympics relay—Bronze Medal
- Wake County: Josiah Phillips, 100-meter dash—Bronze Medal
- Wake County: Jared Thomas, Dontavias Davis, Zachary Bellamy and Jason Carthon, Jr., 4×100 Unified relay—Silver Medal
About Special Olympics North Carolina
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.