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Living SOfit – Davidson County Athlete Makes Health a Priority

Every Thursday night, you can find a group of Special Olympics Davidson County athletes working together on an important aspect of being an athlete—their health. Five months ago, Davidson County athlete Brian Goins heard about a new health program, called SOfit, that would help athletes focus on health and wellness. After learning more, he decided […]

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Special Olympics North Carolina names Dr. Michael Milano its first Golisano Health Leadership Award Honoree

Dr. Milano receives North Carolina’s top Special Olympics health honor for his contributions toward inclusive health Special Olympics North Carolina is honored to announce the selection of Dr. Michael Milano of Apex as the 2016-17 Golisano Health Leadership Award honoree, according to Special Olympics NC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne. The Golisano Health Leadership Award was […]

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Special Olympics North Carolina Names Ellen Fahey Organization’s First Health Director

Ellen Fahey has been named the Health Director for Special Olympics North Carolina,  according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne. Fahey will be based in the SONC office in Morrisville and will focus on creating health-based programs and partnerships that will directly improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.  Key responsibilities will include the planning, […]

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New Partnership Promotes Sun Safety at Summer Games

For many people, summer means trips to the beach, outdoor sporting events and vacation. However, many people often forget that summer also means wearing more sunscreen. This year, Special Olympics North Carolina partnered with Aesthetic Solutions, the American Society of Dermatological Surgery (ASDS) and La Roche-Posay to provide portable sunscreen dispensers during the 2016 SONC […]

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Special Olympics Receives Up to $22.5 Million from the CDC to Build Inclusive Health Programming

One of Special Olympics‘ largest health-focused government grants in history will create a tipping point for inclusive health of people with intellectual disabilities  Special Olympics announced today that it will receive up to $22.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the course of the next 5 years, including $4.5 million […]

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Fit and Flattering – Special Olympics NC Athlete Enjoys a Healthy Lifestyle

A year ago, Special Olympics Watauga athlete Karen Hendrix fell in love with a beautiful gown she longed to wear to Joy Prom, an elegant dance for people with special needs.  Unfortunately Hendrix wasn’t able to fit into the dress and watched as a friend got the honor instead. Her disappointment was palpable.  Hendrix weighed […]

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Moving to the Front of the Class – Zack Kupner of Alleghany County Gets Fit

Everyone in the Special Olympics Alleghany County Healthy Athletes Challenge smiles when 20 year-old Zack Kupner moves to the front of the class joining the instructor demonstrating new moves. Kupner definitely feels comfortable at the Alleghany County Wellness Center but that wasn’t always the case.  For the first three weeks of the Healthy Athletes Challenge, […]

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Wednesday is “Moving Day” for Watauga County Athlete Shannon Quinlan

Each Wednesday morning for the past six months, Special Olympics Watauga County athlete Shannon Quinlan has proudly donned her freshly washed, red Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Challenge T-shirt.  Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for this 22 year-old who has been participating in the Special Olympics exercise and nutrition program, funded by NC […]

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