The 2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Equestrian Tournament was held September 27-29 in Raleigh for nearly 100 athletes from 13 local programs from across the state, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of SONC.
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To ensure fair competition, the athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division, followed by fourth through eighth place ribbons.
Athletes competing in the Equestrian Tournament represented the following counties: Alamance, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Wake.
The Equestrian Tournament kicked off with the Opening Ceremony at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and included remarks by SONC President & CEO, Keith Fishburne. The Opening Ceremony was emceed by SONC Global Messenger and Davidson County athlete Stephanie Wilkerson. Global Messengers are ambassadors for the organization and can recruit potential athletes, volunteers and sponsors through public presentations. Nearly 200 volunteers, under the leadership of a volunteer Games Management Team, served as athlete escorts, awards presenters, cheerleaders and various other roles to make the Tournament a reality for the athletes.
NC Civitans sponsored all meals for the 2019 SONC Equestrian Tournament.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization 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 www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.