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Special Olympics Team NC to Participate in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

Forty-eight athletes and Unified Partners to compete in New Jersey

Raleigh, NC – Special Olympics North Carolina will send 48 athletes and 21 coaches and support personnel to represent the state at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games June 14-21 in New Jersey, according to SONC President/CEO, Keith L. Fishburne.

Note: The Special Olympics Team North Carolina roster by local program and by sport can be found at:

Special Olympics Team NC Roster by Local Program – http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014- Team-NC-USA-Games-by-Local-Program.pdf
Special Olympics Team NC by Sport – http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014-Team-NC-USA- Games-by-Sport.pdf

Follow Special Olympics Team North Carolina on the road to and during the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games via Twitter: www.twitter.com/sonc_beafan and Facebook: www.facebook.com/specialolympicsnc.

View the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games promotional video.

Athletes were selected for Special Olympics Team NC based on criteria set by Special Olympics Inc. This criteria includes a random drawing from a pool of gold medal winners in all competition ability levels from state-level events held during the past year.

The following local programs have athlete delegates and coaches on the roster: Brunswick, Cabarrus, Craven, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford/High Point, Haywood, Hertford, Johnston, Lee, Madison, Mecklenburg, Moore, Orange, Pasquotank/Camden, Rockingham, Surry, Transylvania and Wake.

SONC athletes will compete in 12 of the 16 sports offered at the Special Olympics USA Games: aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, tennis and triathlon.

“Special Olympics Team North Carolina represents a diverse group of athletes and coaches from across the state,” said Fishburne. “We know they will do an excellent job representing our state at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. This will be a memorable experience for everyone.”

Special Olympics Team North Carolina is sponsored by: FastMed Urgent Care.

Special Olympics NC is asking for support in an effort to reach a $100,000 goal to send Team North Carolina to the 2014 USA Games. All proceeds will be used for expenses related to travel, housing, meals, uniforms, and sports equipment. If you would like to make a contribution online in support of the team or a particular athlete from your community, please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/sonc/teamNC. Offline donations can be mailed to SONC, Attn: 2014 USA Games, 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd, Ste 201, Morrisville, NC 27560. All donations are tax- deductible.

Nearly 3,500 athletes will take part in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey June 14- 21 to compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an anticipated 70,000 spectators.
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities. The 2014 USA Games will be staged throughout Mercer County, NJ including competitions at Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park, with the Opening Ceremony taking place at Prudential Center in Newark.

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games recently announced 21st Century Fox as a Founding Partner. 21st Century Fox will serve as the Official Presenting Media Sponsor, providing exposure about the 2014 USA Games across its U.S. channels, including Fox Sports 1, which will air a one- hour recap special being produced by fellow 2014 USA Games Founding Partner WWE.

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Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 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. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.

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