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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
This year, Butler High student Jeffrey Sanchez will be participating in the Special Olympics North Carolina for the first time.
At just 19 years old, Yasmin Neal of Forsyth County is already a seasoned Special Olympics athlete.
Special Olympics North Carolina athletes are getting on board the stand-up paddle boarding trend.
On my way home after Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Phoenix, AZ, I had the opportunity to hear about a great volunteer.
After finding out that they would be going to the Special Olympics North America Softball Invitational, the Surry County Yellow Jackets knew they had a lot of work ahead of them.
Whenever Keshaun Tillman competes in athletics, bocce, basketball and cycling, he recognizes the significance of encouraging his peers.
The basketball teams for Special Olympics of Buncombe County can thank UNC Asheville rising junior forward Ahmad Thomas for new uniforms.
By Amanda Fusarini
By Megan O'Donnell
The Greensboro Police Department donated to Special Olympics North Carolina last Thursday, April 25th. I came to help out with the officers.
Robyn Ann Dorton
It breaks my heart when people are picked
on for their disabilities and things they normally cant control. Even those with adhd are often called rotten names and treated poorly.
I have four grandchildren. Two of them, ages 11 & 12, are autistic.
They have this stupid, ignorant, UGLY word thrown into their faces EVERY DAY.
Special Olympics of North Carolina had changed my life since I moved here in this state and it is almost ten years ago. This is my second hometown.
I was hanging out with a friend and when I came back to my dorm I saw someone wrote the word retard on my whiteboard.
Hey, everybody, this is Brad Rice from Greensboro Guilford County in North Carolina. I got started in Special Olympics when I was 8 years old.
I want to tell everybody about the grocery store where I work. This month is my anniversary as a customer service bagger at Harris-Teeter, and I have been recognized by my customer service manager.
In a AQHA show of last year I won a chaps bag that said I was the reserve champion. On January of this year the best thing happened to me. At an award ceremony I got a reserve champion gold buckle. It had my name, my horse's name and two rubies.
Douglas & Jannie Kenyon
My daughter, Kaitlin Bunch, is a Special Needs Middle School teacher at Chowan Middle School in Tyner, NC. She is a very strong advocate of ending the use the of r-word!!
Myron Gavin/Ann Aldrich
On March 4, 2015, HJ MacDonald Middle School-New Bern, NC held its first “Spread the Word to End the Word “ campaign. Hundreds of students committed themselves to showing “Respect for Everyone” by making a pledge to stop using the “R-Word-Retard/Retarded”.
My little brother Jackson was born with Down Syndrome and was later diagnosed with Autism. He is the light I my life. I love him more than anything in this world.