Applause and cheers rang out when volunteer coach Casey O’Berry walked into the classroom at Atlee High School. Dozens of students with special needs and their parents gathered to show their appreciation for the woman they say has a heart of gold.
Parents say Casey’s volunteering goes beyond helping with sports activities. Her mom, Cheryle Tench, says Casey takes students to the movies, to meals and to the mall.
Cheryle’s adult son James has severe disabilities and has suffered several strokes. She says Casey helps him out all the time and makes sure he gets to all the games. To James, Casey is not just a friend, she’s family. He says, “She’s a sister. 100 percent.” Family and friends say Casey is already known across Virginia for her 17-year involvement with Special Olympics, and now she is being honored by NBC12 for her hard work.
Casey’s sister Karla, who also volunteers says, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”
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