Raleigh, N.C.—Becca Martin and Natalie Stiles have been named the local program co-coordinators for Special Olympics Henderson County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
In this volunteer position, Martin and Stiles will oversee the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Henderson County by leading a committee that will provide sports training, competition opportunities, and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. They will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation.
Becca Martin is a current elementary school Exceptional Children’s teacher and care-giver for a 12 year old young man with autism. She spent 7 years volunteering with Greenville County Special Olympics in different capacities, her final year serving as the Coordinator’s Assistant. For the past 3 years in Henderson County Martin managed the organization and expansion of our local spring and fall games. She looks forward to carrying on the vision and legacy of Chuck Luttrell, the previous coordinator for Greenville County, who passed away in 2014.
Natalie Stiles worked with Henderson county Public Schools for 30 years, as a speech therapist and then an Exceptional Children’s teacher. She previously worked with a local physical therapist to build up the Young Athletes Program in her county, and more recently has served on a local committee to continue to build the Special Olympics Program.
Together they hope to make a difference in the world by serving the individuals with disabilities within their community as well as to influence the community to see and celebrate every victory and ability of these individuals.
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 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 http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC; http://www.instagram.com/specialolympics_nc.