Special Olympics NC athlete Tammy Lemmond of Wingate, N.C. wakes up happy every morning. That is, with a small boost from Pharrell Williams’ popular song “Happy.”
Residents at the Camden Road Group Home take time out every morning to dance along to upbeat music such as Pharrell’s hit song.
“She starts her day off with a smile and joy,” said Deneil Rushing, qualified professional at the group home.
While “Happy” is Tammy’s source of energy in the mornings, others find Tammy’s happiness and encouragement just the right positive boost they need.
Tammy’s positive energy radiates to her peers on a daily basis. She can be found cheering and encouraging her friends to continue working hard, whether they are competing in a separate sport or playing games at the Group Home.
“She initiates friendship. She loves working with others and being a problem solver,” said Rushing.
Participating in Special Olympics North Carolina has influenced Tammy in a number of ways. Her eagerness to work with other peers and build on her social skills continues to grow every day. But most importantly, staying involved in Special Olympics has positively impacted her self-confidence.
After competing in walking during Spring Games, Tammy received a fifth place ribbon. On the inside, however, Tammy felt that she won something bigger: a sense of accomplishment.
“She was so proud for making it all the way and completing her laps,” said Rushing. “She didn’t mind placing fifth because she was just happy she got to participate.”
Apart from her Special Olympics athletics and softball training and her competition schedule, Tammy works at Union Diversified Industries and spends much of her time volunteering in and around her community. Tammy is a member of the Lee Park Baptist Church and volunteers regularly for the Kiwanis Aktion Club where she helps to clear yard waste, to landscape and to paint fences. From making Christmas boxes for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child and gathering shoes to donate to a homeless shelter with the Southern Piedmont Community College Compass Ed Club, Tammy enjoys giving back to the community with her peers and passing on her positive energy to anyone within reach.
Although Pharrell’s song is no longer leading current music charts, it will likely be the tune that is synonymous with Tammy.
Congratulations Tammy Lemmond, the 2014 Special Olympics November “Athlete of the Month!”
Vacation: the beach
Restaurant: Showmars, Dairy Queen
TV Show: I Love Lucy, Golden Girls
Musician/Singer/Song: Pharrell Williams, “Happy”