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April 11, 2013 | North America: North Carolina

Teenage Coaches Make Big Impact

By Rachel Milano

“And the winners of the silver medal are the Guilford/High Point Cougars,” bellowed the announcer at the 2013 Special Olympics North Carolina Western Basketball & Cheerleading Tournament. The crowd cheered as each athlete received the medal, but none louder than Andrew Rowley and Mitch Jackson, coaches of the Cougars basketball team. In just their second year at the helm, the two 15-year-olds had coached their team to a silver medal at the state-level tournament and they couldn’t have been prouder. “There really isn’t any better feeling than watching them do so well. They all work so hard and have such great attitudes. I’ve played in and won big games in the past, but it’s nothing compared to watching this team do well,” said Andrew Rowley. Read more

About Rachel Milano: I am the Communications Manager for Special Olympics North Carolina.

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