Orange County Special Olympics athletes compete on the national stage

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A few Orange County Special Olympics athletes got a chance to show off their skills at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida in June.

Orange County was represented by two track and field athletes and the UNC Unified Basketball Team.

Athletes from Orange County competed on the Special Olympics North Carolina team, which took home 77 medals over the course of the Games, including a gold medal from the UNC Unified Basketball Team, made up of UNC students and local SOOC athletes.

“It was their first appearance for any of our athletes at a competition that goes beyond state-level events,” said Colleen Lanigan, Special Olympics Orange County coordinator. “For some, it was their first time on a plane, their first time out of state, and their first time riding a roller coaster at the Disney theme park, which is the host sponsor.”

Special Olympics Orange County is home to more than 275 athletes who train year-round in 12 different sports. Athletes compete in various events at local and national level throughout the year.

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Dais Johnston

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