Athletes honored at Special Olympics banquet

by May 13, 2013Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments




Athletes in the Qualla Boundary Special Olympics program were honored at a banquet held at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino hotel on Saturday, May 11.

Will Poolaw (right) receives a trophy from Lana Lambert at the Qualla Boundary Special Olympics banquet on Saturday, May 11. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Will Poolaw (right) receives a trophy from Lana Lambert at the Qualla Boundary Special Olympics banquet on Saturday, May 11. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Athlete Tony Wolfe spoke of the past year’s activities, “A lot of good things happened.  We got to meet new people, some nice people.  Special Olympics are good all the way.  I hope our program can continue to grow.  I’d like to thank Special Olympics again, and I just think we have such a good program.”

The following athletes were honored on Saturday night:  Amber Beaushaw, Candi Bradley, Logan Bradley, Jeffrey Cox, Nicky Etters, Blake French, Nathan Gaddis, Courtney George, Destyni Johnson, Daquan Jumper, Robert Kanott, Mia Faye Lambert, Gabby Milholen, Shasta Owle, Will Poolaw, John Queen, Sunshine Rauch, Emily Roberson, Jennifer Roberts, Zane Shelton, Blair Sinnen, Jacee Smith, Danielle Taylor, Daniel Tramper, Andy Watty, Tsali Welch, Dakota West and Tony Wolfe.

Each athlete received a trophy and a gift bag.

“Thank you for the Special Olympics being here,” said Etters.  “I always do my best.  Do your best if you can do it.”

Sponsors of the Qualla Boundary Special Olympics program were also honored including:

  • Gold Level Sponsors – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Indian Police Department DARE program
  • Silver Level Sponsors – Owle Construction LLC, Cherokee Enterprises, Glenville Cashiers Rescue Squad
  • Bronze Level Sponsors – Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina, Cherokee Runners, Lowe’s of Sylva, Reservation Tire & Auto Repair Co. Inc., Sunrise House of Worship, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA, Promise Land Baptist Church, Talking Leaves Native American Bookstore, Sylva Family Practice, Cedar Baptist Church
  • Friends of Special Olympics – Tuckasegee Trading Post, Food Lion of Sylva, Tangles Salon, Allman Insurance Agency, Current Medical Services, Dillsboro Smokehouse, Charlies Creek Baptist Church

Kim Lambert, VOC manager, related, “I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight, and I want to thank the athletes and their families for participating in Special Olympics this year on our team.  I especially want to thank Lana Lambert for her continued dedication to Special Olympics.  She serves as the coordinator for all of the different sports that the athletes participate in.  She does this job on a volunteer basis with my full support. She works very hard on her own time, nights and weekends, to ensure that the athletes have a good experience.”

For more information on the Qualla Boundary Special Olympics program, contact Lana Lambert 497-9827 or

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