Funds will Impact Special Olympics Community Health Initiative in Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties
10/05/15 Raleigh, NC – Special Olympics North Carolina has received a $25,000 grant from the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Ribbon of Hope grant program, according to Keith L. Fishburne, Special Olympics North Carolina president/CEO. View photo of Fisburne alongside North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Board Member Shirley Frye during a luncheon for Ribbon of Hope grant recipients.
Special Olympics North Carolina will use the gift to address the health risks facing individuals with intellectual disabilities in Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. Special Olympics NC will involve these individuals in wellness activities that incorporates physical activity into their lives and improve their access to health care by collaborating with community agencies to provide a weight loss intervention program for identified groups of athletes categorized as overweight or obese.
“Special Olympics North Carolina is proud to have the support of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope Foundation,” said Fishburne. “Time and again, our participating athletes credit Special Olympics with improvements they are able to make in their health due to physical activity. This grant will ensure that some of the state’s most vulnerable individuals will be positively impacted.”
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s gift to Special Olympics North Carolina is part of its Ribbon of Hope grants program. The program’s goal is have a positive impact on the lives of North Carolina’s citizens in each of the state’s 100 counties. Grants were awarded to organizations involved in local programs dealing with health, science and education issues to serve identified needs of local communities.
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 Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. It is the one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world in terms of participating athletes. 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.
About the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is an independent self-funding 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today’s society and future generations. Since its creation in 1986, the foundation has granted $65.9 million to support North Carolina projects and programs that emphasize the understanding and application of health, science and education at all academic and professional levels. Visit us at NCGSKFoundation.org and follow us @ncgskfound.