Public Encouraged to Carry 2015 World Games Torch in NC June 1-5
Event: Celebration Dinner to Commemorate 100 Days Out from Special Olympics World Games for Special Olympics North Carolina Athletes who are members of the Special Olympics USA team.
Date and Time: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Location: Embassy Suites,
5400 John Q Hammons Dr. NW
Concord, NC 28027
Description: April 16th will mark 100 days until the 2015 Special Olympics World Games when the cauldron is lit at the Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. To commemorate this milestone, the four Special Olympics North Carolina athletes and coaches who will represent our state in Los Angeles will gather in a celebratory dinner at Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord at 6:30 p.m. in Concord. During the celebration, Special Olympics USA athletes and coaches will be presented Laurel Wreath awards sent by NC Governor Pat McCory. The Laurel Wreath award is the state’s highest honor for athletic achievement by residents or those representing North Carolina.
In addition to the dinner, Special Olympics NC is inviting the public to join in the 2015 World Games excitement by carrying the torch as the Flame of Hope travels across the country in the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America. The torch will be traveling through North Carolina June 1-5. Sign up today at www.unifiedrelay.org.
Special Olympics North Carolina athletes Kathleen Degnan of Mecklenburg County (tennis), Starr Kluttz of Cabarrus County (aquatics), Allison Douglas of Davidson County (equestrian), and Randy Rogers of Guilford/Greensboro (golf) and their families will be recognized at the dinner.
Many of the USA team coaches from NC will also be in attendance at the dinner, Marrisa Brzescinski of Mocksville – Equestrian Head Coach, Amy Clark of Charlotte – Aquatics Coach; Chuck Dellinger of Indian Trail – Bowling Coach, Cathy Hansen of Sherrill’s Ford – Equestrian Coach, Donna Mooneyham of Oak Island – Aquatics Coach, and Keron Poteat of Deep Gap – Tennis Coach.
Special Olympics NC athlete Kristine Hughes of Cary will serve as a volleyball official at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games and will also be at the celebration dinner. Hughes is one of only two Special Olympics athletes in the world certified as a volleyball official.
Officer Albert “Al” Negron of the Winston-Salem Police Department will also be in attendance at the 100 Days Out dinner. Negron will represent North Carolina Torch Run officers in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg which will carry the Flame of Hope through California and into the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies in LA. Officer Negron will join other Torch Run officers and 10 Special Olympics athletes from around the world to serve as Guardians of the Flame from July 10 through July 27 and promote inclusion, ability and acceptance along the way.
About Special Olympic 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. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC