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Special Olympics North Carolina names 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award Honorees

Atrium Health’s Carolinas Rehabilitation and Jen Roberts, PT, DPT receive North Carolina’s top Special Olympics health honor for their contributions toward inclusive health Special Olympics North Carolina has announced the selection of two 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award honorees, according to Special Olympics NC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.  The Golisano Health Leadership Award was established […]

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Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grantees announced

Special Olympics North Carolina youth leaders receive funds Special Olympics North Carolina youth leaders are among the inaugural recipients of Special Olympics International’s Youth Innovation grants. Nineteen student-led inclusion initiatives in communities across the United States received funding that aims to advance broad range of inclusion initiatives and Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®. Kayla Amy […]

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At the heart of things

What do we really know about an athlete? Perhaps their stats, or their winning record. A great fan may know the choreography of a big play, or an athlete’s favorite stance. But beyond the skill and discipline, accomplishment and determination, who are these figures we so admire? Every athlete has a story but some really […]

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Nine Athletes Trained as Ambassadors at 2018 Special Olympics North Carolina Global Messenger Training

Nine Special Olympics athletes from across North Carolina became official spokespersons for the organization after they participated in the annual Global Messenger Training Program August 17-18 at the Special Olympics North Carolina headquarters in Morrisville, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne. The Global Messenger program is one of several athlete leadership programs offered by […]

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Unified flag football comes to college campuses

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Special Olympics North Carolina has partnered with college campus recreation programs to  offer Unified Sports Flag Football to college […]

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Seeing clearly: Union County athlete receives glasses for the first time

When Isaac “Joe” Crawford of Union County arrived in Raleigh for the 2018 SONC Summer Games, he had every intention of just bowling his best, making new friends and hopefully earning a medal. In his third year competing in Special Olympics, Crawford was getting better at every competition. Yet as his techniques and skills improved, […]

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Powerlifting athlete takes center stage

Each time Micah Forrest of Durham steps on to the powerlifting stage, he pauses, looks up and whispers “this is for you, dad” before setting up for his lift. “It helps me concentrate on what I’m about to do. It helps me believe that I can do it,” explained Forrest. That concentration was especially important […]

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Local law enforcement officer selected to carry the Flame of Hope as part of Final Leg Torch Run Team for 2019 Special Olympics World Games

Flame serves as beacon of inspiration to thousands during Law Enforcement Torch Run to Abu Dhabi, UAE  Special Olympics North Carolina is proud to announce that Officer Phillip Smith of the Chapel Hill Police Department has been selected to serve as part of the Final Leg team, serving as a Guardian of the Flame® as he […]

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