Raleigh, NC – Seven Special Olympics athletes from across North Carolina became official spokespersons for the organization after they participated in the annual Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Training Program July 17-18 at the Special Olympics North Carolina headquarters in Morrisville, according to SONC President Keith L. Fishburne.
The Global Messenger program is one of several athlete leadership programs offered by Special Olympics through which athletes have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills outside of sports.
As Global Messengers, Special Olympics athletes recruit other athletes and volunteers, give public speeches and serve as ambassadors for the organization. SONC Vice President of Communications Megan O’Donnell of Cary, SONC Director of Communications & Social Media Rachel McQuiston of Apex and SONC Athletes Ruth Hochstrasser of Jacksonville and Billy Quick of High Point served as trainers.
Athletes were nominated to attend the training by Special Olympics North Carolina local program coordinators. Global Messengers are available to make presentations about Special Olympics in communities across the state. To schedule a speaker, contact Megan O’Donnell at 919-818-4598 or visit www.specialolympicsnc.com for a listing of Global Messengers throughout the state.
The following athletes are new Global Messengers for Special Olympics North Carolina.
Global Messenger Speech Coach
Kaitlyn Bethune of Charlotte Terri Young of Cornelius
Katie Degnan of Charlotte Jackie Degnan of Charlotte
Kellie Hearne of Albemarrle Kim Loflin of Norwood
Brandon Holder of Granite Falls Megan Gray of Lenoir
Breanna Keeley of Charlotte James Keeley of Charlotte
Pam Richards of Charlotte Becky Oke of Charlotte
Daniel Setzer of Hudson Megan Gray of Lenoir
A photo of the Global Messengers is attached. Individual photos are available upon request, please contact Megan O’Donnell.
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. 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.