Nine Athletes Trained as Ambassadors at 2013 Special Olympics North Carolina Global Messenger Training
- Published on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:55
- Written by Super User
Nine Special Olympics athletes from across North Carolina became official spokespersons for the organization after they participated in the annual Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Training Program Aug. 23-24 at the Special Olympics North Carolina headquarters in Morrisville, according to SONC President Keith L. Fishburne.
The Global Messenger program is one of several athlete leadership programs offered by Special Olympics through which athletes have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills outside of sports.
As Global Messengers, Special Olympics athletes recruit other athletes and volunteers, give public speeches and serve as ambassadors for the organization. SONC Vice President of Communications Megan O’Donnell of Cary, SONC Communications Manager Rachel Milano of Apex and SONC Athlete Kristine Hughes of Garner served as trainers.
Athletes were nominated to attend the training by Special Olympics North Carolina local program coordinators. Global Messengers are available to make presentations about Special Olympics in communities across the state. To schedule a speaker, contact Megan O’Donnell at 919-818-4598 or visit www.specialolympicsnc. com for a listing of Global Messengers throughout the state. The following athletes are new Global Messengers for Special Olympics North Carolina. Global Messenger Speech Coach Stephanie Abel of Wilmington Tiffany Lesley of Wilmington; Dustin Templeton of Wilmington Jonathan Batts of Wilmington; Daryl Wilson of Fayetteville Louise Hall of Fayetteville; Jessica Martinez of Jacksonville Kristine Hughes of Garner; Donovan Mouton of Sneeds Ferry Robin Mouton of Sneeds Ferry; Sarah Stikeleather of Statesville Tammy Cromie-Wilkins of Statesville; Samantha Byrd of Lenoir Terri Chase of Lenoir; Amanda Bass of Charlotte Lynn Stipe of Concord; and Tracy Rikard of Gastonia Ashley Anderson of Gastonia.
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 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.
Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on twitter.com/sonc_beafan; www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and www.youtube. com/BeAFanSONC.