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Our view: Special honor well-deserved

The Watauga Democrat - 1/24/2018

Being named man or woman of the year is a significant honor, but to be selected as the family of the year - that's special indeed.

And, it's even more significant when that honor comes after nearly two decades with the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

Such is the distinction of the Bell family from Watauga County - Nancy, Ty and Courtney - following an announcement by Watauga Special Olympics coordinator Keron Poteat.

A more deserving family could not be found.

Nancy Bell is a 15-year veteran coach. Ty Bell aids in supplying funds for athlete practice and has served as event chaperone and assisted with transportation. Their daughter, Courtney, now 27, has been a Special Olympics athlete since the age of 8.

Given their dedication and enthusiasm, it's easy to see why Poteat nominated the trio for the award. It's also easy to see why the Bells were selected from among those statewide deserving of the title. A dose of servility combined with a can-do and will-do effort goes far with these games.

"I had no idea," Nancy Bell said upon learning of the recognition. "We were very humbled."

And Watauga County, we say to the Bell family, is very proud to have you on our team.


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