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Austin Hopkins Delivers Home Runs and High Fives

If the name of the game is sportsmanship and confidence, Austin Hopkins may as well play professionally. It’s not often one of the Yankees warmly greets a Red Sox player, but Hopkins doesn’t care to live that way. For this Special Olympics Davidson County softball athlete, the opponent is rivalry itself. At his first Special […]

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Special Olympics Qualla Boundary athletes excel at 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games

Two Special Olympics Qualla Boundary athletes recently returned from Toronto after competing in the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games. Jacee Smith of Cherokee and Dustin Pheasant of Cherokee both represented Special Olympics North Carolina by competing in athletics. They were accompanied by Beth Romans-Corsi of Cherokee. Results:  Jacee Smith Silver medal: 200m 4th […]

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Just Keep Swimming: Donovan Mouton

“Swimmers take your mark!” echoed over the loud speakers as the swimmers anxiously waited for the buzzer to sound. The seconds before a race are full of adrenaline, but for Donovan Mouton, this is the moment he has been training for. This is the moment that he loves. When Mouton first started swimming, he could […]

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North Carolina schools receive national recognition for commitment to inclusion

Six Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® in North Carolina have received national recognition for their commitment to inclusion through the National School Recognition Program. A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified […]

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