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Meet the newest members of Special Olympics Project UNIFY's® Youth Activation Committee

October 22, 2011

Special Olympics believes that through sports young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities. Project UNIFY is youth driven, with a Youth Activation Committee (YAC) made up of young people representing middle schools, high schools and colleges nationwide. Members of the committee will work together over the course of the year to develop strategies promoting school communities where all young people are agents of change. During their time on the committee, YAC members will provide leadership to Special Olympics and Project UNIFY by participating in Special Olympics global events, providing advice and counsel on strategies to reach other youths, engaging in and promoting Special Olympics activities in their home environments, communicating and networking via Web connectivity with other youth around the country, and reviewing Project UNIFY materials for innovation and viability.

Brad Efune - Arizona

Brad is from Scottsdale, Arizona and was a summer intern for Project UNIFY® in 2010. Brad was one of Special Olympics Arizona Youth Activation Committee founding members and is currently the chairperson for the YAC. Brad is dedicated to spreading Special Olympics message to the community.

Evan Heller - Massachusetts

Evan is from Attleboro, Massachusetts and is currently an intern with Special Olympics Massachusetts’ South Region. Evan has attended the last two National Youth Activation Summits. Evan is also a part of SOMA’s Youth Activation Committee. Evan has over 5 years of experience with Special Olympics.

Kaitlyn Smith - Colorado

Kaitlyn is from Conifer, Colorado and recently attended the National Youth Activation Summit in Omaha, Nebraska.  Kaitlyn is passionate about Special Olympics and its cause.  Kaitlyn loves being part of Special Olympics and what it has done for her. Kaitlyn’s passion is educating people about what Special Olympics is and its benefits for people with intellectual disabilities.

Wyatt Avery - Virginia

Wyatt is from Richmond, Virginia and is a Special Olympics Swimming Coach for Area 6, Henrico County of Virginia. Wyatt is the chair of the Henrico-Hanover Challenge benefit swim meet. Wyatt advocates that Special Olympics athletes are capable of anything in life from his personal SOVA experiences. If you need someone to run a fundraiser, Wyatt is the person to call because he loves fundraising.

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