RALEIGH – Special Olympics North Carolina has received a $25,000 grant from the N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Ribbon of Hope grant program, according to Keith L. Fishburne, Special Olympics North Carolina president/CEO.
Special Olympics North Carolina will use the gift to address the health risks facing individuals with intellectual disabilities in Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. Special Olympics NC will involve these individuals in wellness activities that incorporates physical activity into their lives and improve their access to health care by collaborating with community agencies to provide a weight loss intervention program for identified groups of athletes categorized as overweight or obese.
“Special Olympics North Carolina is proud to have the support of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope Foundation,” said Fishburne. “Time and again, our participating athletes credit Special Olympics with improvements they are able to make in their health due to physical activity. This grant will ensure that some of the state’s most vulnerable individuals will be positively impacted.”
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s gift to Special Olympics North Carolina is part of its Ribbon of Hope grants program. The program’s goal is have a positive impact on the lives of North Carolina’s citizens in each of the state’s 100 counties. Grants were awarded to organizations involved in local programs dealing with health, science and education issues to serve identified needs of local communities.