Diane Cavanagh of Hampstead, NC, has been named the local program coordinator for Brunswick County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
In this volunteer position, Cavanagh will assist in the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Brunswick County by leading a committee that will provide sports training, competition opportunities and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She will assist in recruiting, training and managing volunteers and work to increase athlete participation as well as raise funds in support of the program.
Cavanagh has been active in the Special Olympics movement for nearly 20 years, the majority of those years spent volunteering with Special Olympics Pennsylvania as the university liaison at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, while serving as a professor in the Department of Special Education. Upon relocating to North Carolina, Cavanagh applied her extensive experience in volunteer management and fundraising to her volunteer position with Special Olympics New Hanover County. Using her knowledge of sports training, Cavanagh also began coaching bocce last fall.
To get involved in Special Olympics Brunswick County, Cavanagh 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.