Special Olympics North Carolina Athletes & Partners Excel at 2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship

Eighteen Special Olympics North Carolina tennis athletes and two Unified partners competed in the 2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship Oct. 18-Oct. 21 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. Unified partners are individuals without intellectual disabilities who train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes.

Athletes from 11 state programs across the U.S. competed in one of six levels of competition – individual skills (Level 1), singles competition (Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 5+), doubles competition (Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 5+), and Unified doubles competition (Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 5+).

Local Special Olympics North Carolina programs represented include: Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg and Watauga.

The results of the 2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship are as follows:
Harnett County:
  • Jessica Burt, Singles—Bronze Medal
  • Kelly Dixon, Individual Skills—Gold Medal
  • Skipper Holley, Singles—Gold Medal
Johnston County:
  • Brogan DeBuhr, Singles—Silver Medal
  • Brogan DeBuhr and Eric DeBuhr (Unified partner), Unified Doubles—Gold
  • Amy Bennett, Singles—Silver Medal
  • Charlie Brown, Singles—4th place
  • Robin Callaway, Singles—Silver Medal
  • Sara Hibbits, Singles—Gold Medal
  • Ted Hula, Singles—Silver Medal
  • Greyson Riehm, Singles—Silver Medal
  • Brandon Tallent, Singles—4th place
  • Sarah Wall, Singles—Silver Medal
  • Amy Bennett and Sarah Wall, Doubles—Silver Medal
  • Greyson Riehm and Brandon Tallent, Doubles—Bronze Medal
  • Robin Callaway and Sarah Hibbits, Doubles—Bronze Medal
  • Charlie Brown and Ted Hula, Doubles—Silver Medal
Watauga County:
  • Catlin Bray, Singles—Gold Medal
  • Andrew Bryan, Singles—Gold Medal
  • Trenton Dagostino, Singles—Gold Medal
  • Jessica Pendley, Singles—Silver Medal
  • Elizabeth Presnell, Singles—Gold Medal
  • Catlin Bray and Andrew Bryan, Doubles—Gold Medal
  • Elizabeth Presnell and Trenton Dagostino, Doubles—Silver Medal
  • Jessica Pendley and Roachel Laney (Unified partner), Unified Doubles—Gold Medal
Others in the Special Olympics North Carolina tennis delegation included: Watauga County: Keron Poteat (Head of Delegation); Mecklenburg County: Bob Bowler (Coach), Nancy Callaway (Coach), Rick Bennett (Coach), Brian Tallent (Coach); Harnett County: Holly Watt (Coach), Dawn Burt (Coach), Lee Burt (Coach) and Marcus Holley (Coach).

The 2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship was hosted by Special Olympics North America and supported by the Professional Tennis Registry.

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 Engage with us on; and
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