Special Olympics North Carolina names new coordinator for Stokes County

Raleigh, NC – Ashleigh Barneycastle Parker of Germanton, NC, has been named the local program coordinator for Special Olympics Stokes County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In this volunteer position, Parker will implement Special Olympics activities within Stokes County by leading a committee that will provide sports training, competition opportunities, and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. She will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation as well as raise funds in support of the local program.

Parker was introduced to Special Olympics by her sister, who is a Special Olympics athlete, and she has volunteered with Special Olympics for 15 years. Parker has previously volunteered as the Special Olympics Stokes County local coordinator’s assistant and has experience in fundraising and volunteer management. She is currently employed as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at West Stokes High School.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Stokes County, Ashleigh Barneycastle Parker may be reached at

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 Engage with us on TwitterInstagramFacebook and YouTube.


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