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Special Olympics athletes participate in basketball clinic in Chapel Hill

Eliot Schmehl at Tarheel camp2Brian Shaff, a resident of Circle Drive home in Mt. Pleasant, Elliot Schmehl, who lives at Lafayette Drive, and Harrison Young, of Second Street, all in Albemarle, were among 100 Special Olympic North Carolina (SONC) basketball athletes who received tips and skills training from The Tarheels Men’s Basketball team and Coach Roy Williams earlier this month at the Smith Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The 10th annual, two-hour clinic featured stations focused on passing, dribbling and shooting.

“I had a blast,” exclaimed Schmehl (pictured right wearing the #5 jersey), who plays point guard for the Stanly County Special Olympics basketball team. “I learned to dribble, shoot and do layups better. I met people from a lot of different places."

Click here to read more. Click here to view one of the videos captured from that big day in Chapel Hill.

Athletes compete in Greensboro, bring home gold, bronze medals

In December, three people supported by Monarch competed in the State Special Olympics Bowling Competition  in Greensboro and brought home honors. Chris Bauer, a resident of Circle Drive, earned a gold medal in the singles competition; Elliot Schmehl, a resident at Lafayette, earned a gold medal in doubles contest and Lindsey Colavito, who also lives at Lafayette, earned a 4th place ribbon in singles. Monarch staff members served as Stanly County Special Olympics Bowling coaches. They were: Angela Furr, administrative assistant, Tara Sellars, operations manager, and Megan Todd, qualified professional. Other staff who attended the competition included Development Specialists Latricia Richardson and Sandra Ross.

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