National Athletic Village on All Things Moore County


Founder and Owner Leigh Bortins and Director Sara Sullards discuss the National Athletic Village on Air Tool Rd. in Southern Pines as they continue to create a higher profile for this exceptional facility for people of all ages.


The National Athletic Village was founded 4 years ago by Leigh Bortins and her family. The Bortins family has always led an active life. Her sons played Rugby as well as other sports. The National Athletic Village was founded for the community to have a space for all ages and all athletic abilities to PLAY MORE (Our tag line).


The National Athletic Village adapted once COVID-19 hit and created the NAV Sports Course. The Sports Course is designed similarly to a golf course. There are 13 Play Stations spread
across 70+ acres of property. At any point, visitors may call ahead to schedule a Play Time to come out and experience all the NAV has to offer. The National Athletic Village has so much
outdoor space to offer the community to safely experience fun and athletic activities outdoors and to PLAY MORE.


We are very involved in the local community. We love to support causes in the area and help out as much as we can. A couple of recently hosted events includes the Bocce Bash fundraiser for the Sandhills Community Center and well as the Back the Red White & Blue event in support of the local police, fire and ems first responders. We also put on our own events from time to time. We recently held an all outdoors Halloween event with many activities for the community to enjoy. We will also be putting on a Christmas event this year on December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th from 5pm - 10pm each night. Unlike other businesses, we have the flexibility to accommodate the numbers with our outdoors space. The event will have activities such as face painting, pinecone decorating, spear the reindeer, firepit, musical entertainment, Santa’s workshop as well as our Holiday Trail designed and decorated with beautiful light displays for an all around holiday experience.

Sara Sullards
Director of Events and Visitor Activities
National Athletic Village
201 Air Tool Dr
Southern Pines, NC

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Donny and Ashley Terrell talk about their fast paced and value driven business.

Miracle Movers of the Sandhills is a locally owned and operated business serving Moore County and the surrounding areas. We do local and long distance moves anywhere in the continental US. Services offered include full and partial packing, large item moves, such as pianos and hot tubs, and labor only services if you simply need your own items loaded or unloaded from a rented UHAUL.

We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured and all of our employees are trained professionals. Our trucks are fully stocked to offer the utmost protection for your possessions. At Miracle Movers our motto is "Your Property is our Priority" and we truly mean that.

Call us for a free in home estimate at 910-808-9830 or check us out on our website We are also available via Facebook at Let us help you take a load off and make your next move hassle free.

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HOME CHOICE NETWORK – Your Home Care Agency

HomeChoice Network, Inc. is a local home care services company located in Moore County North Carolina. Our mission is to provide home care services that will enable seniors to cope with the requirements of independent living while remaining in the familiar surroundings of home, wherever they call home.

HomeChoice Network, Inc. offers many at home care services to assist you with your daily routines . We will work with you to develop a schedule that supports your lifestyle. You select the home care services and the time to receive them.

For more information or to learn what home care services are offered contact the Home Choice Network office. A trained representative is on duty to answer your calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
(910) 944-1116

HomeChoice Network was founded in 2003 by Mike Ianucilli and Veronica Sanchez. Mike and Veronica bring passion and commitment to their work meeting the needs of seniors, who wish to maintain their independence in a safe and dignified manner.

Mike Ianucilli
Mike is a native of Indiana and a Moore County resident since the late 1980’s. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a Master’s degree from Purdue University, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Fayetteville State University.

Mike spent 14 years as a secondary school educator. He then decided to become a Health Care Administrator. In North Carolina, Mike has been a successful nursing home administrator, home health administrator, and retirement community executive director. While under his direction, communities have received numerous state and professional awards for excellence in senior service.

Mike is very active in several professional organizations, routinely serving on boards and in leadership positions.

Veronica Sanchez

Veronica is a native of Mexico City and a resident of Moore County since the early 2000’s. She earned a degree in Business Administration from the prestigious National Autonomous University of Mexico. She moved with her husband to Winston-Salem where she served as the business office director for a senior living community. She completed a corporate executive director internship program.

Veronica and her family moved to Moore County to begin the start-up of HomeChoice Network. She is actively involved in several local professional and civic organizations.

Moore Health, Board of Directors
Moore County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board
United Way, Board of Directors
Southern Pines Rotary Club, Board Member
HeartSafe Moore County, Mission Delivery Chair for Relay for Life Moore County
Moore Free and Charitable Clinic, Board of Directors
Memory Walk for the National Alzheimer’s Association

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Head of School Katherine Rucker, Assistant Head of School, Markisha Young, and board member Taylor Clement discuss the benefits of a 'free' public Montessori School education and what a rarity it is to have a public option in a non-urban area, since the majority of Montessori schools nationwide require a private school tuition cost model.
910 636-1325

In discussing this option there is also a wonderful opportunity to pursue the acquisition of the Southern Pines elementary school on May St. in the downtown Southern Pines area to accommodate the growth of the Moore Montessori school and preserve the character of the downtown corridor.

More than that, these three gifted women walk us thru the process of learning and the process of in class non-punitive discipline in a Montessori environment.

In a time when the demographic shift continues to change and the demand for the best schools for our children is paramount, this ‘no cost’ alternative for the best elementary school education and the long term benefits of preserving the downtown area of So. Pines makes so much sense on every level.

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Moore County Schools – RESTART INITIATIVE

2019 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Mariah Morris and Aberdeen Elementary School Principal, Dante Poole, walk us through the MCS RESTART INITIATIVE.

Mariah and Dante and great speakers and advocates for MCS.  Their conversation brings light and clarity to this new initiative and their enthusiasm for the program is contagious.

Their focus is on Aberdeen Elementary, Southern Middle and Robbins Elementary.

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