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Special Olympics North Carolina names new co-coordinator for Franklin County

Raleigh, N.C.—Jamie Thieman of Zebulon, NC has been named the local program co-coordinator for Special Olympics Franklin County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In this volunteer position, Thieman, along with the current coordinator Karen Cooke, will oversee the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Franklin County by leading a committee that will provide sports training, competition opportunities, and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. She will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation. Thieman aims to increase health initiatives in Franklin County

Thieman has worked at Franklin County Schools as an Exceptional Children’s Program Specialist since 2015. She previously worked as SONC’s  Project UNIFY Coordinator, staying in contact with 53 counties in Eastern North Carolina to ensure the community’s awareness of SONC and our programming. Thieman has also helped maintain communication between Project UNIFY and the local schools, as well as assisting with financial forms and multiple fundraisers and events for Special Olympics Franklin County.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Franklin County, Thieman and Cooke can be reached at franklin@sonc.net

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 Unified Champion 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; http://www.instagram.com/specialolympics_nc.

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