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James Branton: North Carolina Athlete of the Month

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For James Branton of Gaston County, sports aren’t just about winning—they are about dedication. At just eight years old, Branton began participating in Special Olympics. He first tried swimming and fell in love with the sport. He soon started swimming at the state-level and enjoyed the atmosphere that came with sports. Since then, Branton has branched out and now participates in basketball, softball, skiing and soccer. “He is willing to try anything!” explained Kathie Anthony, Branton’s legal guardian. With every sport, he shows enthusiasm for learning, attends every practice, builds bonds with his teammates and never complains.

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I am the Manager of Communications and Social Media for Special Olympics North Carolina.


Learn more about James Branton on the Special Olympics North Carolina website