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January 21, 2013 | North America: North Carolina

Wake County Athlete becomes a USA Volleyball Provisional Official

By Kristine Hughes

Special Olympics North Carolina State Summer Games 2012

My involvement with Special Olympics Volleyball began two years ago in Raleigh, NC. The summer before I was competing in the Pentathlon event and decided I wanted to play an indoor sport since summers in NC can be very hot. I found Volleyball and fell in love with the game immediately. My first season playing I met Rick and Connie Laskey. They both are involved in helping Special Olympics (SONC) volleyball. During our matches for the Summer Games, Connie approached me and asked if I would like to become an Athlete Official for Special Olympics (formally known as SOOPA). I accepted and am now a USA Provisional Level Volleyball Official. This coming summer I look forward to volunteering as an Volleyball Official and giving back to an organization that believes in their athletes as leaders.

About Kristine Hughes: I've participated with Special Olympics Idaho 2002 and now compete with Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC). I've competed in softball, soccer, basketball, tennis, and athletics. I see myself as a unique athlete because I've served my country in the United States Navy and served as a Forest Fire Fighter with the California Conservation Corp. My best experiences came from SONC when I was asked to become a Global Messenger and competed on Team North Carolina for the USA National Games Nebraska in 2010.

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