The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Thursday announced this years recipients of the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award, to honor the long time Association’s Executive Director who retired in January 2010. The award is presented to one person in each of the eight regions who has at least ten years experience in education and athletics and who is still active in the field and has regularity gone “above and beyond” the call of duty at the local and state level.
Region 8 – Neil Blankenship, Swain County – A native of North Carolina’s mountains, Neil Blankenship has served as a coach and athletic director for more than 27 years. Blankenship has been successful both on and off the field, winning multiple conference coach of the year awards and earning the NCHSAA’s Special Person Award for Region 8. Blankenship is instrumental in athletic support groups across the state, currently serving on the NCHSAA and North Carolina Coaches Association Board of Directors. He has also been a member of Boards of Directors for the North Carolina Football Coaches Association, North Carolina Athletic Directors Association and the Southwestern Officials Association.