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Darren Southerland – 2017 Special Olympics NC November Athlete of the Month

Sometimes, the easiest way to make someone’s day is just to smile. When Darren Southerland walks into a room, everyone’s day gets a little brighter. In the nearly four decades that Southerland has been a Special Olympics athlete, he has tried almost every sport, participated in several fundraisers and competed at many state-level competitions. Yet […]

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Ride on! Special Olympics Cumberland County athlete creates lasting impact on community

It’s been said that horses can sense a person’s feelings. This sixth sense was evident with Cumberland County athlete, Steven Prescott from the first moment he sat in a saddle. There was an immediate connection with his horse, thanks in large part to Prescott’s gentle disposition. Prescott started his Special Olympics career with swimming, but […]

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Neal Graham — 2017 Special Olympics NC September Athlete of the Month

Just take a walk down Lonely Street to Heartbreak Hotel and you may find Neal Graham of Avery County impersonating his favorite singer, Elvis Presley. That’s exactly what he was doing when Special Olympics Avery County’s local coordinator Holly Magid first met him and that first impression has stuck with her ever since. “When I […]

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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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