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

Kathy Callahan and Allison Kennedy of Rutherfordton, NC, have been named the local program co-coordinators for Special Olympics Rutherford County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In these volunteer positions, Callahan and Kennedy will manage a committee that carries out Special Olympics activities within Rutherford County and help provide sports training, competition opportunities and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Under Callahan and Kennedy’s leadership, the committee will recruit, train and manage local volunteers as well as work to increase athlete participation and raise funds in support of the local program.

Callahan is a parent of an athlete, Billy, who is training to become a Global Messenger. Callahan has been involved with Special Olympics NC for over 30 years.

Kennedy has worked with many of the SONC staff members in the past and has attended many SONC Unified Champion Schools conferences and events. She has also led the UCS program at Forest City-Dunbar for three years. Kennedy has advocated for Unified Champion School programs by presenting at district-wide Professional Development Day to the superintendent, assistant superintendent and special education director.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Rutherford County, Kathy Callahan and Allison Kennedy may be reached at

About Special Olympics North Carolina

Since 1968, Special Olympics North Carolina has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers year-round training and competition in 19 Olympic-type 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 Engage with us on TwitterInstagramFacebook and YouTube.

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