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Special Olympics North Carolina names new co-coordinators for Bladen County

Raleigh, N.C.—Shayla Yancey of Elizabethtown and Tessia Williams of Clarkton have been named the local program co-coordinators for Special Olympics Bladen County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In this volunteer position, Yancey and Williams will oversee the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Bladen County by leading a committee that will provide sports training and competition opportunities and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. They will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation.

Yancey works for Coastal Horizons Center as a Recreation Therapist and has worked with children and adults with intellectual disabilities for over 13 years. She has been involved with Special Olympics Bladen County as a volunteer with the Bladen Spring games, as well as other local activities. Before coming to Bladen County, Yancey was a volunteer with Special Olympics Pitt County for five years.

Williams works for the Bladen County Board of Education as the Exceptional Children Office Manager and Data Manager. She has been working for Bladen County Schools for four years and works closely with the Exceptional Teachers in the county. Williams has been involved with Special Olympics Bladen County for about a year.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Bladen County, Shayla Yancey can be reached at sbjessup@gmail.com and/or 910-991-6408. Tessia Williams can be reached at nawilliams@bladen.k12.nc.us and/or 910-200-1334.

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through the Unified Strategy for Schools, an education and sports based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.

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