Special Olympics North Carolina names new co-coordinators for Qualla Boundary

Kamiyo Lanning and Karina Squirrell, both of Cherokee, NC, have been named the local program co-coordinators for Special Olympics Qualla Boundary effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In this volunteer position, Lanning and Squirrell will manage a committee that carries out Special Olympics activities within Qualla Boundary and helps provide sports training, competition opportunities, and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Under Lanning and Squirrell’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.

Lanning currently works as a Recreation Manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Squirrell serves as a Cherokee Life Recreation Aide for Cherokee Life Recreation.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Qualla Boundary, Kamiyo Lanning and Karina Squirrell may be reached at


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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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