Hoggard: May the Special Olympics flame never leave Richmond County

As I think back over my time as the Richmond County local coordinator for Special Olympics, I see a lit torch entering a stadium, parades of athletes, smiles on the faces of athletes as they compete, and doors opened to new opportunities that many would not have had, and I know that those are the reasons I did what I did and that it was all worthwhile. (“Run to me!”, May 11, 2015)

With that said, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each group of people who over the years has helped make each Special Olympics event a success. Without the help of those who have served as local committee members, the vision I had for Special Olympics in Richmond County would not have come together.

By Cathy Hoggard Special Olympics - Richmond County coordinator.

By Cathy Hoggard
Special Olympics – Richmond County coordinator

The time and energy you spent year after year to offer various opportunities for our athletes has been well worth it as I look at how our program has grown. The next group of individuals I would like to thank is our athletes who have given their time and worked hard to excel in areas that many do not believe possible. Also, to their families thank you for supporting them in their endeavors.

To all the businesses who have donated money, food, and employee time and to the many volunteers, each of you made a difference and without you this program would have failed. Finally, to Richmond County Parks and Recreation, Strikers Bowling Center, and Richmond County Schools, administrators and staff who have supported us and allowed us year after year to use their facilities, thank you.

Whatever role you may have had, you ALL contributed to our success and made a difference in the life of our athletes. Thank you for those memories and may the Special Olympics flame never leave Richmond County!

Cathy Hoggard helped to convert what was a field day for Richmond County Special Olympics athletes into a competitive event and a showcase for Special Olympics athletes. This is her last year, as her family is relocating to Chowan County. Theressa Smith has agreed to try and fill Hoggard’s shoes.

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