Raleigh, NC – Members of the Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete Council met on Saturday, Dec. 6 to elect executive committee officers for 2015, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
Roger Johnson of Guilford/High Point, was elected to serve as the committee’s chair. Zach Commander of Pasquotank County, was elected to serve as vice chair. Ruth Hochstrasser of Onslow County, was elected to serve as secretary. Kerry Hagner of Orange County, was elected to serve as sergeant of arms.
The Special Olympics NC Athlete Council, made up of active Special Olympics NC athletes from across the state, meets quarterly to provide input on various issues within the program to the SONC President.
Council members also explore and participate in various leadership roles at Special Olympics fundraisers and competitions. Council members have participated in the Over the Edge fundraiser, the Plane Pull for Special Olympics NC and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Motorcycle Raffle. They have served as emcee during event opening ceremonies, presented awards, distributed meals and reported on competition events for the program’s official YouTube channel.
Athlete Council members serve fouryear terms.
Members of the Special Olympics NC Athlete Council include:
Roger Johnson, Guilford/High Point (Chair)
Zach Commander, Pasquotank County (Vice Chair)
Ruth Hochstrasser, Onslow County (Secretary)
Kerry Hagner, Orange County (Sergeant of Arms)
David Caldwell, Wilkes County
Scott Clark, Guilford/High Point County
Brian Goins, Davidson County
John Gray, Mecklenburg County
Keith Hayden, Mecklenburg County
Ryan Hood, Wayne County
Kristine Hughes, Wake County
Ruby Jones, Cherokee County
Billy Quick, Guilford/High Point
Natalie Robbins, New Hanover County
John Singleton, Brunswick County
George Stamey, Mitchell County
Sarah Stikeleather, Iredell County
Jennifer Wardlow, Forsyth County
About Special Olympics North Carolina
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 Olympictype 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.