Abbey DeFeo of Morrisville, North Carolina, has been named the full-time director for Special Olympics Wake County effective immediately, according to Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
An experienced human services professional, DeFeo holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Stevenson University in Pikesville, Maryland, and a master’s degree in human services management from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Prior to her position with SONC, DeFeo worked as a service coordinator for San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services Inc. in San Diego, California. In her education, career and volunteer endeavors, DeFeo has spent a decade serving individuals with disabilities and will continue doing so for Special Olympics.
As the director for Special Olympics Wake County, DeFeo will work on the implementation of Special Olympics activities within Wake 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 learn more about registering as an athlete at no cost, to get involved in the local program committee or to donate to Special Olympics Wake County, please contact 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.