SOURCE: Special Olympics North Carolina

February 08, 2010 15:47 ET

Special Olympics North Carolina Named for 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Nebraska

Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina Premier Sponsor of Special Olympics Team NC

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - February 8, 2010) - Special Olympics North Carolina announced the selection of 49 athletes, one Partner, 13 coaches and four SONC staff members to represent the state at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games July 18-23 in Nebraska, according to SONC President/CEO, Keith L. Fishburne.

Note: The Special Olympics Team NC Roster by County and by Sport can be found at

Athletes were selected for Special Olympics Team NC based on their performances in state-level competition over the last year. The following local programs have athletes and coaches on the roster: Alamance, Beaufort/Hyde, Bertie, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Carteret, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford/High Point, Henderson, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Moore, Onslow, Orange, Pitt, Qualla Boundary, Surry, Transylvania, Wake, Watauga, Wayne and White Oak River.

SONC athletes will compete in one of eight sports at National Games: aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting and tennis.

"Special Olympics Team NC represents a diverse group of athletes and coaches from across the state," said Fishburne. "We know they will do an excellent job representing our state. This will be a memorable experience for everyone."

Special Olympics Team North Carolina is sponsored by The Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina. The Young Agents Committee has selected the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games as its community initiative for the year and has committed to raising $50,000 to fund the team. Young Agents representing independent insurance agencies and providers across North Carolina are raising funds through several activities and events, and their support will fund transportation, dormitory housing, delegation uniforms and all other costs related to the Special Olympics Team NC's participation in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

To support Young Agents fundraising efforts, visit or mail donations to Young Agents for Special Olympics c/o Katrina L. Hanisch, Independent Insurance Agents of NC, P.O Box 1165, Cary, NC 27512.

"The Young Agents are honored to support Special Olympics Team NC as they prepare to compete at the National level," said David Essic, chairman of Young Agents Community Initiatives. "We know they will make our state proud and look forward to seeing outstanding accomplishments in Nebraska."

The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games will include more than 3,000 athletes from across the United States competing in 13 sports with 1,000 coaches, 15,000 family members and friends, 8,000 volunteers and 30,000 spectators in attendance. The Special Olympics USA National Games anticipates being one of the largest sporting events in the world in 2010.

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, making it one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world in terms of athlete participation. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels.

Contact Information

    Megan O'Donnell
    Special Olympics North Carolina
    Cell: (919) 818-4598
    Email: Email Contact