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Special Olympics North Carolina holds MedFest in New Hanover County

UNC-Wilmington, New Hanover Regional Medical Center Residency Program and Cape Fear Memorial Foundation partner to provide free health screenings for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

More than 70 individuals with intellectual disabilities received free physical exams during the Special Olympics North Carolina MedFest on Tuesday, April 9 at UNC-Wilmington, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne. The event was held in partnership with Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and New Hanover Regional Medical Center Residency Program.

Free physical exams were offered to individuals with intellectual disabilities that will qualify them for Special Olympics programming. Athletes from Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties attended. UNC-Wilmington students from the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences led athletes in interactive games focused on building healthy habits.

MedFest was created by Special Olympics to offer the physical exam that all athletes need prior to participating in sports programming.

View photos from the MedFest here. 

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 www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
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