Return of Particular Olympics to County | information

After three years, Special Olympics activities will return to Transylvania County under the direction of Brevard Local Program Coordinator Keith Lee.

According to Keith L. Fishburne, President/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC), Lee is a retired operations manager who has worked in medical device manufacturing for 35 years.

Lee coached and served on the board of directors of the Carolina Miracle League for 10 years; supported and served as chair of the Buddy Walk in South Carolina for six years; and volunteered and served for eight years as a board member for social events for exceptional young adults. Lee’s daughter is an active SONC athlete.

As local program coordinator, Lee will help implement Special Olympics activities in the Transylvania District by leading a volunteer committee that provides athletic training and competition opportunities, as well as health and wellness initiatives for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This includes recruiting, training and managing volunteers, increasing athlete participation and raising funds to support the program.

As Special Olympics resumes activities in Transylvania County, Lee will work closely with volunteer coaches to provide fall training for bocce ball and soccer athletes. More winter, spring and summer sports will be added later in the year.

Beginning September 26, Special Olympics Transylvania County athletes will participate in Partner Up Power Up, SONC’s at-home fitness program. For eight weeks, athletes, Unified Partners, people with intellectual disabilities and volunteers across the country will come together in their own homes for daily fitness activities and optional Zoom workouts. All activities are recorded on weekly trackers, making participants accountable for working toward personal health goals.

To volunteer, get involved with the local program committee, or donate to Special Olympics Transylvania County, please contact [email protected]

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