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

Raleigh, NC – Maria Soots of Ronda, NC, and Midori Smitherman of East Bend, NC, have been named the local program co-coordinators for Special Olympics Yadkin County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

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

Soots currently works as the Program Director for New Horizons Adult Day Services in Yadkinville and has been involved with Special Olympics for nearly 20 years.

Smitherman currently works as the Service Coordinator for New Horizons Adult Day Services in Yadkinville. She previously served as the Development Coordinator at Monarch/Stokes Opportunity Center, where she was involved with Special Olympics Stokes County.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Yadkin County, Soots and Smitherman 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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