Special Olympics North Carolina Names 2017 Coordinator of the Year

Lisa Carroll of Claremont in Catawba County was named the 2017 Special Olympics North Carolina Coordinator of the Year, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. Carroll received the award during the 2017 Special Olympics North Carolina Leadership Conference, held at Davidson College in Davidson on July 20, in recognition of her leadership of the local Special Olympics program in Catawba County.

As part of her work to improve the Special Olympics program in Catawba County, Carroll has placed a strong emphasis on developing a committee of volunteers focused on fundraising, volunteer management, athlete recruitment, sports and coaching.

In addition, she has increased the number of sports offered in Catawba County with the addition of Unified cheerleading and equestrian. Additionally, the tennis, soccer and basketball programs have expanded under Carroll’s leadership. She has developed a plan to recruit new Hispanic athletes thanks to assistance from her co-coordinator, Irene Gomez. Carroll also developed a thorough fundraising plan, including recruiting 20 new corporate sponsors and hosting a large Cross-fit fundraiser, raising nearly $30,000 in 2016.

Special Olympics Catawba County is currently recruiting new athletes, volunteers, coaches and sponsors. Interested individuals can reach Lisa Carroll at To get involved in Special Olympics in any county in North Carolina, visit

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