ASHEVILLE – Jennifer Roberts, an EBCI tribal member, was awarded the 2017 Mountain Amateur Athletics Club (MAAC) Special Olympics Award at the organization’s annual awards banquet held Sunday, May 7 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville.
Along with her award, a $1,000 grant, sponsored by MAAC Board members Keith Roden and Stan Pamfilis, was given to the WNC Special Olympics in Roberts’ name.
Roberts has participated on the Qualla Boundary Special Olympics team for seven years and has received over 30 medals during her time representing the Tribe. She has competed in events throughout western North Carolina and at the State Games in Cary.
Her father, William Terry Roberts, along with her brother William D. Roberts, stated they are both very proud of Jennifer in her accomplishments and representing the Tribe.
Jennifer’s brother, William, commented, “We hope she has many more years and accomplishments ahead of her. It should show us all that even if you have a disability, you can be an excellent representative to your community. A strong Tribe deserves this young woman to remind us that with determination and a big heart you can accomplish anything you desire!”
– Special to the One Feather