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Against The Odds – Special Olympics Wilkes County Athlete doesn’t let adversity get in her way

Michael Jordan once said: “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Special Olympics Wilkes County Athlete, Christy Poteat, has spent her entire life figuring out just how to work around those […]

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Special Olympics North Carolina names new coordinator for Avery County

Raleigh, NC – Barb Holdcroft of Newland, NC has been named the local program coordinator for Special Olympics Avery County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne. In this volunteer position, Holdcroft will manage a committee that carries out Special Olympics activities within Avery County and helps provide sports training, competition opportunities and health and […]

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Buncombe County powerlifter and coach form inseparable bond

After seven months of training together, Special Olympics Buncombe County powerlifter Matt Paoletti and his coach Joe Brown have formed a remarkable friendship. Since starting powerlifting in 2011, 28-year-old Paoletti has competed in several local and state-level Special Olympics powerlifting competitions. But, this year with Brown’s help, Paoletti entered Summer Games in the strongest and […]

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MVCI makes a big impact on the community

Mountain View Correctional Institution in Avery County may be a small facility, but employees are making a big impact on the community thanks to fundraising for North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Spurred by new leadership from Department of Public Safety employees Peggy Dale and Brooke Peterson, Mountain View Correctional Institution (MVCI), […]

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Keshaun Tillman- 2016 Special Olympics NC August Athlete of the Month

When it comes to sports and competition, the virtues of sportsmanship are just as important as the outcome of the game itself. Whenever Keshaun Tillman competes in athletics, bocce, basketball and cycling, he recognizes the significance of encouraging his peers. After adjusting to his family’s move from Georgia five years ago, he quickly found his […]

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Daniel Hunsucker – 2016 Special Olympics NC July Athlete of the Month

For most people, swimming means a day at the beach or an afternoon spent lounging by the pool. For Daniel Hunsucker, a Special Olympics Guilford/Greensboro athlete, swimming has been an amazing opportunity to help coach, befriend other athletes and share his talent with the community. Over the years, Hunsucker has become an avid participant on […]

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New Partnership Promotes Sun Safety at Summer Games

For many people, summer means trips to the beach, outdoor sporting events and vacation. However, many people often forget that summer also means wearing more sunscreen. This year, Special Olympics North Carolina partnered with Aesthetic Solutions, the American Society of Dermatological Surgery (ASDS) and La Roche-Posay to provide portable sunscreen dispensers during the 2016 SONC […]

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Stephen Hill – 2016 Special Olympics NC June Athlete of the Month

Stephen Hill- 2016 Special Olympics NC June Athlete of the Month Throughout the stands, the sound of fans cheering “Stephen, Stephen, Stephen!” escalated as Stephen Hill laced up his running shoes at the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games Athletics competition. A quiet, but fierce, athlete in bocce, basketball, bowling, and track, Hill and his […]

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