Archive | Athlete of the Month

James Branton–2017 Special Olympics NC January Athlete of the Month

For James Branton of Gaston County, sports aren’t just about winning—they are about dedication. At just eight years old, Branton began participating in Special Olympics. He first tried swimming and fell in love with the sport. He soon started swimming at the state-level and enjoyed the atmosphere that came with sports. Since then, Branton has […]

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Ronnie Meadows—2016 Special Olympics NC December Athlete of the Month

  For 35 years, Special Olympics Caswell Development Center athlete Ronnie Meadows has had one catchphrase: “I’m the man!” Since he began competing in Special Olympics, Meadows has been counted on by many as a team captain, friend and good sport. A quiet, but determined, athlete, Meadows shows that a positive attitude and confidence can help […]

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Yasmin Neal—2016 Special Olympics NC November Athlete of the Month

At just 19 years old, Yasmin Neal of Forsyth County is already a seasoned Special Olympics athlete. Starting in the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program when she was 2 years old, Neal quickly developed a love for sports. Young Athletes™ is an inclusive early childhood sports and educational play program for children with and without […]

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Damian Chwalek—2016 Special Olympics NC October Athlete of the Month

After ten years in Special Olympics, Mecklenburg County athlete Damian Chwalek has enjoyed giving back to his community in as many ways as possible. “Damian embodies all the qualities of a Special Olympics athlete,” says local program coordinator Greg Morrill. “He is an accomplished athlete and leader in the Special Olympics movement in Mecklenburg County.” Morrill […]

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Phillip Williamson- 2016 Special Olympics NC September Athlete of the Month

After being a part of Special Olympics for 23 years, Phillip Williamson of Johnston County knows that one of the best parts of competing is the experience itself. Williamson currently plays basketball, soccer, softball and golf, and has had numerous experiences that have been life-changing. When the 1999 Special Olympics World Games took place in […]

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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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