Cynthia Manduca of Concord, NC, has been named the local program co-coordinator for Special Olympics Rowan County effective immediately, according to Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
Manduca, recreation therapist for Rowan County Parks and Recreation, has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities in planning social and sports activities for community members. She has previously worked with the Challenger Flag Football program in Mecklenburg County, a co-ed, adaptive sport program offered by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation Services for children and adults with disabilities.
As local program co-coordinator, Manduca will assist Edward Hailey, who has been serving as coordinator for Rowan County, in the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Rowan County by leading a volunteer committee that will provide sports training and competition opportunities along with health and wellness initiatives for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This involves recruiting, training and managing volunteers, increasing athlete participation and raising funds in support of the program.
To get involved in the local program committee or to donate to Special Olympics Rowan County, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.