Billie Fitzsimons – NC Coach of the Year

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Feeling the vibration of the racket as it connects with the ball and then watching it soar across the net is enough to make any tennis player fall in love with the sport. For as long as she can remember, Special Olympics New Hanover County coach Year Billie Fitzsimons has wanted to share that feeling with as many people as possible. That dedication led to her being named the 2016 Special Olympics North Carolina Coach of the Year. From coaching professionally to giving private lessons, Fitzsimons has loved teaching others how to play the game that has always given her so much joy. After retiring to Wilmington, North Carolina, Fitzsimons wanted to continue her work with tennis and also get involved with volunteering in her new community. “Special Olympics has always had a place in my heart and so has tennis,” said Fitzsimons. “Becoming a coach was the perfect opportunity for me to combine my love for the two.”

About Me:

I am the Manager of Communications for Special Olympics North Carolina.


Learn more on the Special Olympics North Carolina website