Melissa Jernigan of Fayetteville, NC, has been named the interim local program coordinator for Cumberland County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
Employed with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation as the recreation division supervisor, Jernigan will serve as the interim local program coordinator for Special Olympics Cumberland County for the immediate future. Jernigan has been employed by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation for 20 years, following her position as athletic coordinator for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Within her current role, Jernigan has supported Special Olympics Cumberland County by volunteering at their annual Spring Games.
As interim local program coordinator, Jernigan will work on the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Cumberland County by leading a volunteer committee that will provide sports training and competition opportunities along with health and wellness initiatives for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This involves recruiting, training and managing volunteers, increasing athlete participation and raising funds in support of the program.
To get involved in the local program committee or to donate to Special Olympics Cumberland County, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 20 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.