Melissa Valyo-Smith of Holly Ridge, NC, has been named the local program co-coordinator for Special Olympics Onslow County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
In this volunteer position, Valyo-Smith will be assisting Christina Aultman, who has been serving as coordinator for Onslow County. The two co-coordinators will assist in the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Onslow 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. Valyo-Smith will also work alongside Aultman in recruiting, training and managing local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation as well as raise funds in support of the local program.
Currently a recreation therapy student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Valyo-Smith has worked in the aquatics field for over 20 years in building adaptive swim programs for children and adults. New to Onslow County, she has volunteered with Special Olympics New Hanover County by leading virtual exercise classes. With a strong background in employee and volunteer recruitment, budgeting and fundraising, Valyo-Smith is prepared to support the local program in a variety of capacities.
To get involved in Special Olympics in Onslow County, Valyo-Smith and Aultman may be reached at email@example.com.
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.