Daniels to lead state Special Olymics

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The Mississippi Special Olympics has a new leader.

Monica Daniels took over as executive director of the Madison-based organization on Dec. 1.

She brings more than 20 years of experience in management and fundraising to the nonprofit that provides programming to some 4,000 people with intellectual disabilities in Mississippi

According to the news release announcing her appointment, Daniels will continue developing the organization’s strategic plan, which includes helping children and adults with intellectual disabilities “developing physical fitness, demonstrating courage, experiencing joy, and participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and their communities.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University.