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

Patricia Irwin of Morganton, NC, and Jenifer Teague, of Granite Falls, NC, have been named the local program co-coordinators for Special Olympics Caldwell County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In these volunteer positions, Irwin and Teague will manage a committee that carries out Special Olympics activities within Caldwell County and helps provide sports training, competition opportunities and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Under Irwin and Teague’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.

Irwin is retired after working as the academic success program director and grant writer at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, SC. Irwin currently serves on the board of the Education Foundation for Caldwell County Schools. She has attended many Special Olympics practices and events, as she enjoys cheering on her nephew, who is member of the Special Olympics Caldwell County swim team.

Teague has worked with Special Olympics for over three years, serving as a coach for basketball and volleyball and an assistant coach for soccer. She has also participated in several Special Olympics Caldwell County fundraising events, including the annual Polar Plunge.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Caldwell County, Patricia Irwin and Jenifer Teague 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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