Special Olympics North Carolina names new coordinator for Avery County

Raleigh, NC – Barb Holdcroft of Newland, NC has been named the local program coordinator for Special Olympics Avery County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In this volunteer position, Holdcroft will manage a committee that carries out Special Olympics activities within Avery County and helps provide sports training, competition opportunities and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Under Holdcroft’s leadership, the committee will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation.

Holdcroft has worked in college education for the past 30 years. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Holdcroft volunteered with Special Olympics Ohio as a coach for 16 years. She is a professor at Lees-McRae College and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Holdcroft is a Special Olympics coach and parent of a Special Olympics athlete.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Avery County, Barb Holdcroft may be reached at

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 Engage with us on and

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