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North Carolina athletes excel at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Four North Carolina athletes excelled at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The four athletes joined four North Carolina coaches on the 314-member Special Olympics USA.

North Carolina members of Special Olympics USA

  • Erykah Culbertson – athletics
    • 7thplace ribbon: 100m run
    • 7th place ribbon: long jump
    • 4th place ribbon: 4x100m relay
  • Bryan Henry – swimming
    • Gold medal: 100m butterfly
    • Gold medal: 200m individual medley
    • Silver medal: 100m freestyle
    • Participation Ribbon: 4x100m medley relay
  • AJ Spaeth – athletics
    • 5thplace ribbon: 200m run
    • 5thplace ribbon: 100m run
    • 4th place ribbon: 4x100m relay
  • Jonathan Willis – swimming
    • Bronze medal: 50m freestyle
    • 4th place ribbon: 25m freestyle
  • Chuck Dellinger, coach – bowling
  • Jake Harkey, coach – cycling
  • Vince Powierski, coach – golf
  • James Price, coach – bocce

View photos of the NC athletes and coaches here.

Officer Phil Smith participated in the Torch Run Final Leg leading up to the World Games. Read more about his experience here and view photos here.

The following officials and sport development team members from North Carolina attended the 2019 World Games as Technical Delegates:

  • Alana Brahler  – Golf
  • Richard Frazier – Powerlifting
  • Jim Hollis  – Powerlifting
  • Deb Pontenburg – Bocce
  • Tony Wayne – Athletics
  • Tony Williams – Roller skating

The following individuals from North Carolina attended the 2019 World Games as officials:

  • Scott Boucher – Bocce
  • Paul Finks – Bocce
  • Elijah Frazier – Powerlifting
  • Jim Greenlees  – Badminton
  • Brenda Herbert  – Rollerskating
  • Kristine Hughes – Athlete Official – Volleyball
  • Richard Laskey – Athlete Official Mentor – Volleyball
  • Chris Pearce – Powerlifting
  • Anthony Smith – Bocce
  • Marsha Smith – Bocce

The following individuals from North Carolina attended the 2019 World Games as specialized volunteers:

  • Catherine Frazier – SOI SO Connect Subject Matter Expert – Powerlifting
  • Endye Frazier – Specialized Competition Volunteer – Powerlifting
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