The 2022 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games concluded in the Raleigh area, ending a weekend of competition for over 900 athletes.
RALEIGH — The 2022 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games concluded June 5 in the Raleigh area, with a number of local representatives earning medals throughout the weekend of competition.
Over 900 athletes from across the state competed in athletics such as basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming and volleyball.
To ensure fair competition, participants were placed in divisions based on age, gender and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division, followed by fourth- through eighth-place ribbons.
Harnett County athletes bringing home medals included:
Sarah Elizabeth Crawley — Gold medal in the softball throw and silver medal in the 25-meter dash.
Ethan Ray Butrum — Gold in the mini javelin toss and fourth-place ribbon in the 100.
Marcus John Lecronier — Gold in both the mini javelin and 100.
Ellen Renee Whittington — Swimming gold in the 25-yard flotation race and bronze in the 25-yard kickboard.
Jessica Susan Burt — Swimming gold in the 25 kickboard and bronze in the 25 freestyle.
Kelly Nichole Dixon — Swimming bronze in the 25 backstroke and fifth-place ribbon in the 25 freestyle.
Samantha Ashlee Elliott — Bronze in singles bowling.
Stanley “CJ” McLean Jr. — Fifth-place ribbon in singles bowling.
Harnett Team 2 – Larry Avery Jr. and Harold Bass Jr. — Gold in doubles bowling.
Harnett Team 1 – Blair Milliken and Kenneth Ray Young Jr., — Fourth-place ribbon for doubles bowling.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Carolina Final Leg of the Torch Run Relay kicked off the 2022 Summer Games during the opening ceremony at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University.
As SONC’s largest state-level competition, participants competed at various venues in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs.