Special Olympics New Hanover County Athlete wins Robb Williams Tennis Sportsmanship Award

_mg_6476Raleigh, NC – Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) recently presented Steven Smith of Burgaw the 2016 Robb Williams Tennis Sportsmanship Award.  Smith was honored with the award during Special Olympics NC Fall Tournament Nov. 5 in High Point, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.

Smith has participated in tennis with Special Olympics for 12 years. In those 12 years, Smith has shined as a talented tennis athlete. However, Special Olympics is more than just competition to him; sportsmanship is always front and center. He always encourages his opponents and feels that he plays his best game when his opponent is also playing their best game. Smith is described by his coaches as always pleasant, cooperative and respected by his opponents, coaches and officials. Win or lose, Smith is glad to have played and given his best.

Robb Williams, the namesake of the award, was a competitive tennis player for SONC. Like Smith, Williams displayed exceptional sportsmanship in every competition. He always showed the utmost respect for his opponents, coaches, teammates and officials. After Williams passed away following a battle with cancer, his family and SONC created the award to honor his memory, his love of tennis and his value of sportsmanship.

 “Steven embodies true sportsmanship and always shares his positivity with his fellow athletes,” said Fishburne. “We are pleased to recognize him with The Robb Williams Tennis Sportsmanship Award.”

About Special Olympics North Carolina

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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