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January 01, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Surprise, Suprise - Coach Gives and Receives

By Megan O'Donnell

Guilford/High Point Cycling Coach Mike Beeson wins the Special Olympics NC Coach of the Year award!

The sport of cycling has suffered from more than just a loose chain in recent years. The fraudulent Lance Armstrong and the apparent rampant use of illegal performance- enhancing drugs by professional cyclists have left the sport with a black eye in the public’s perception. But shine a light on cycling in North Carolina, specifically on the Special Olympics Guilford/High Point cycling program, and you’ll find everything that is right in the sport. And much of the credit goes to one man; Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Cycling Coach, Mike Beeson. Beeson was taken by surprise on Nov. 9 at the 2013 Special Olympics NC Fall Tournament cycling venue when he was recognized as the 2013 recipient of the Special Olympics NC “Outstanding Coach” award. Cyclists, coaches and families from across the state erupted in cheers as everyone involved in the sport knows of Beeson and his contributions. “It was a big surprise,” said Beeson. “But I have a tremendous coaching staff and athletes that make me look good. But I also feel like I’ve earned this award a million times –every time I see an athlete’s smile, or get them to laugh with me, or call me crazy because of something I did. The athlete’s are what it’s all about.”

About Megan O'Donnell: Special Olympics North Carolina VP of Communications- witnessed Coach Beeson humbly accept his award.
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