Special Olympics North Carolina is usually on the receiving end of support from the health care sector; however, the circumstances of coronavirus has given the organization a chance to give back during these unprecedented times by donating medical supplies it has available, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.
SONC donated 11,000 pairs of medical gloves and 550 surgical masks to the WakeMed Raleigh campus and to UNC Health in Morrisville. This donation is an expression of appreciation for the many medical volunteers and health care workers who are working to keep North Carolina safe.
“We are so grateful for the amazing health care workers in North Carolina,” said SONC Health Director Ellen Fahey. “They are some of SONC’s biggest supporters and now it is our turn to return the favor. We want to make sure we do our part to support and protect our health care workers during this time.”
In 2019, over 500 health care professionals from across the state volunteered with SONC. Volunteer opportunities ranged from providing first aid care at events to offering free medical examinations in order for athletes to qualify to train and compete in Special Olympics sports.
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.