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Our Mission

We believe in the positive impact that activity can have in the life of a special needs child.  At SSK we work to provide resources and support for children with developmental to experience the physical, mental, and social benefits of being active.

Our Vision

A world in which all special needs children can experience the positive physical, mental and social aspects of sport.

 

Inspire a Child...

With your donation, you'll be leaving a tangible, positive impact in the life of a special needs child.  Your action can help special needs children to grow physically, mentally and socially.

Meet the Board

The Sports for Special Kids leadership is a voluntary group of passionate and dedicated individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds.  Each individual has been impacted by the strength and courage they have seen exemplified in special needs children.  They have been inspired to dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of disabled children through the healing abilities of community, sports, and perseverance.

Bill Wickward

General Counsel, AMT Group

Bill is a husband and father of three. He has a physically challenged child who loves to be involved in all kinds of activities with others. He is an inspiration to everyone he meets for his perseverance and attitude. He became involved with NC Sports for Special Kids after seeing firsthand how much Special Kids need a place to play here in the Triangle area.

 

Jimmy Sharpe

Owner, Sharpe Law

Jimmy Sharpe is a principal partner in the firm of Darsie, Sharpe, Mackritis & Dukelow, PLLC. Mr. Sharpe obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central Law School in May, 1981, cum laude. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 1976. At North Carolina Central University, Mr. Sharpe was a member of the North Carolina Central University Law Journal during the 1979-1980 school year and Editor-In-Chief of the North Carolina Central University Law Journal during the 1980-1981 school year. Mr. Sharpe has been a regular volunteer for many Triangle programs over his career including, but not limited to North Carolina Legal Aid, Durham Human Rights Commission and Duke University School of Law, pro bono project. Mr. Sharpe has been practicing law since 1981 and is a State certified mediator and serves across the state as an arbitrator approved by the Superior and District Courts of North Carolina since 1985. Jimmy was the originator of the idea that has become NC Sports for Special Kids and he was the founding incorporator of The Molly Brown Foundation, Inc., the predecessor organization.

 

Jimmy Melton

CEO, Grancrete, Inc.

Jimmy Melton is CEO of Grancrete, Inc. He is a graduate of Duke University, both undergraduate and graduate. He has lived and worked in this area since 1981 working in fields including clinical research, education, consulting and now new age building materials.

Dr. Kevin Kusy

Ph.D & M.S. University of Virginia Chemical Engineering

Kevin Kusy is a native North Carolinian. He attended North Carolina State University (B.S.) and the University of Virginia (M.S. and Ph.D), where he concentrated his studies on Chemical Engineering. Kevin has a true love for sports and competition and has focused a lot of this passion on Ultimate Frisbee, where his teams have won both National and International championships. The confidence, teamwork and leadership skills Kevin developed through sports is invaluable, and he believes every person should have a similar opportunity to play sports and develop these skills. One of the major reasons Kevin joined the NCSFSK board was to promote sport and its benefits to others

As a science instructor at a local college, Kevin has recognized how important life skills are to a person's overall development and success. Beyond physical benefits sports offers an excellent tool to teach younger generations life skills like problem solving, perseverance, and cooperation in a controlled and safe environment. Kevin has tried to implement some of these lessons, while coaching youth soccer and views his opportunity with NCSFSK as another avenue to touch lives.

Through his experiences as an instructor, competing in sport, and volunteering at church, Kevin has realized that these interactions are as enriching for him as they are for the participants. Events like Night to Shine (a special needs prom) have given him a new perspective on his own life and reminded him to appreciate the little things. Everyday life has so many distractions and responsibilities that we sometimes forget to find the joy in what we do. Thankfully, NCSFSK provides more opportunities to share that joy through the love of sport and touch the lives of some wonderful people.

 

Tripp Loyd

Owner, Loyd Builders

Loyd Builders LLC is a second-generation builder. At a young age, Tripp Loyd began working with his father, a custom home builder in Fayetteville, learning the many aspects of the home building industry. Observing his dad throughout the years gave Tripp the inspiration to pursue his own goals. After graduating from NC State with a civil engineering degree, he started Loyd Builders, LLC. Tripp has been successfully building high end custom homes in the Triangle area since 2000. Developing close relationships with homeowners has been the foundation of Loyd Builders’ success.

Loyd Builders’ experienced staff takes great pride in providing personalized service from the design phase through completion of each home. Our team includes three project managers with over 70 years combined experience, a full support staff to ensure individualized attention for every project, and an in-house design team to assist with the selection process. We work closely with each homeowner to assure that their home is a unique reflection of their family. Loyd Builders has an excellent reputation for engaging only quality vendors and subcontractors, ensuring quality craftsmanship and continued service. Our homeowners will attest that our commitment continues long after the sale. The entire staff, from administration to project management, is here to make the building process an enjoyable experience for our homeowners.

 

Greg Dobbyn

Owner, AMT Group

Greg Dobbyn is President and CEO of AMT Group Inc. which owns companies that manufacture Medical and Scientific equipment. Greg believes that Sports for Special kids can fill some of the service voids that his own late handicapped son faced. By working with Sports for Special Kids, Greg hopes to help handicapped children have an engaging, therapeutic, and positive sports related experience.

Greg and his wife Susan live in Creedmoor and have two sons and one daughter. Both Greg and Susan are avid Carolina Hurricanes hockey fans. His daughter Krystina, having graduated from UNC with a degree in chemistry, often playfully chides him for his support of the Duke Blue Devils. Stepson Darin is a former Captain of the United States Marine Corps and son Andrew is completing his PhD at Stony Brook University in New York.

Greg hopes that Sports for Special Kids can continue to grow through its association with The Kids ‘N Community foundation, a non-profit Greg is also involved in. He is actively working to help Sports for Special kids realize its long term goal of having a staffed center, where handicapped children can have a positive sports experience. Greg believes that this center can serve the NC special needs community in a unique, therapeutic, and positive way.

 

Krystina Ashe

Product Manager, AMT Group

Krystina received her chemistry degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During this time, she worked at the Francis Owen Blood Research Facility on the development of a hemophiliac gauze to aid open-heart surgery hemophiliac patients – now incorporated throughout the US.

Krystina then worked for a UN-backed organization in Liberia and developed school curriculums in the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Math, for use in schools throughout West Africa. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC and is the Product Manager for AMT Group – a laboratory equipment company, focused on providing medical devices as well as fume and powder containment solutions.

Since working for AMT Group, Krystina has become an industry expert on laboratory regulations and regularly speaks at conferences worldwide including: ArabLab, Dubai; Lab Expo, Shanghai China; and IACP Educational Conference, Washington, DC to name a few.