On and off the field, Kristine Hughes is a champion of inclusion. She’s a Special Olympics athlete, an athlete leader, a certified coach, and an official. She is also the Athlete Leadership Manager and a Sargent Shriver Global Messenger for Special Olympics North Carolina. She currently plays golf and has competed in athletics, softball, tennis, soccer (football), basketball, bocce, and volleyball. As a coach, she is certified in 3-on-3 basketball and tennis, and she officiates volleyball. She is a veteran who served in the United States Navy from 1990-1992 aboard the USS Yellowstone. She was a lagger under the hull technician department and worked on pipes and generators to make them quieter and safer on frigates and destroyers.