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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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Special Olympics NC on Capitol Hill

SONC is being represented Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., along with US Programs from all over the USA in meetings with Congressional delegations to thank them for support of Special Olympics health and education initiatives.  Special Olympics Athletes Kristine Hughes of Cary and Natalie Robins of Wilmington are leading the NC group along […]

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