10/21/15 Raleigh, N.C. — Janet Presson, of Waynesville, owner and president of A
Small Miracle Inc. and Special Olympics NC Board member was presented with the James Long Commitment to Excellence Award by Special Olympics North Carolina during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics NC Equestrian Tournament in Raleigh on Friday, October 9.
For more than a decade, Presson has been an outstanding leader in the Special Olympics movement in North Carolina. She volunteers, serves as a Special Olympics NC Board member, and makes significant financial donations both personally and through her business. She has contributed more than $325,000 to Special Olympics NC over the past 10 years. In addition to her business skills, Presson, the mother of a Special Olympics NC equestrian athlete, brings great insight on behalf of family members to the Board of Directors.
“Janet truly defines what excellence is and helps Special Olympics NC achieve greatness through her leadership,” said Fishburne. “Special Olympics athletes and the organization are fortunate to have Janet on their side because she is a true champion of the Special Olympics mission.”
James Long was one of the founding Board members of Special Olympics North Carolina in the early 1970s and remained supportive of the Special Olympics movement throughout his life. Long was the state’s longest serving Commissioner of Insurance before his retirement in 2008. Long was among a handful of early leaders in the 1970s who were committed to making sure people with intellectual disabilities had a chance to interact with the public through sports in the communities where they lived.
“Jim Long embraced the concept that people with intellectual disabilities did not have to live in the shadows of society,” said Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. “Janet Presson is a community leader who shares the same commitment to excellence for Special Olympics that Jim did, and the athletes who are part of the Special Olympics movement in North Carolina are so very fortunate.”
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