North Carolina athletes excel at regional competitions
Special Olympics North Carolina athletes have participated in multiple regional competition opportunities already in 2018. Whether it’s tennis, powerlifting, Alpine skiing or ice skating, North Carolina has been well represented throughout the southeast. View North Carolina results for recent regional competitions here.
Special Olympics North Carolina announces 2018 Special Olympics USA Games delegation
Special Olympics North Carolina is proud to announce the selection of 61 athletes and Unified Partners, 19 coaches and six delegation support personnel to represent the state at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Special Olympics Team NC will compete in 11 sports at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, July 1-6. See the highlights from Training Camp. Individuals can support Team NC’s journey to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games by donating online. Read the full news release here.
MedFest provides hundreds of free physical exams for athletes every year
Special Olympics NC will hold MedFest events across the state in order to provide Special Olympics athletes with free physical exams and health screenings. On February 2, 80 athletes in Warren County received free physical exams and FunFitness health screenings at the first MedFest in 2018. Learn more about MedFest.
Test your strength for Special Olympics North Carolina at the 2018 Plane Pull
On Saturday, April 28, five-person teams will compete to see who can pull a 30,000-pound plane 25 feet the fastest at the 2018 Plane Pull.The Plane Pull is a special event fundraiser of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run. Each team will raise a minimum of $800 so register today and start fundraising!
Mecklenburg County athletes highlighted by WBTV
Congratulations to Nikki Stapleton and Amy Bennett of Mecklenburg County for being selected as WBTV’s February Special Olympics spotlight! The monthly feature shares the story of a local Special Olympics athlete who is currently training and competing. View their spotlight.
SONC announces 2017 Coach of the Year
Congratulations to Debby Michael for being named the 2017 Special Olympics NC Coach of the Year. Coaching Special Olympics athletes since 1980, Michael has been invaluable to the Special Olympics Davidson County program. She has coached multiple sports, officiated at the 1999 Special Olympics World Games and has served on both the statewide Games Management Team and Sport Development Team to improve the quality of competition and coaches’ education. Read more about her Special Olympics coaching career courtesy of The Dispatch.
- North Carolina Torch Run honored with Diamond Award at international conference
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver honored posthumously with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2017 ESPYS
- SONC honors WRAL-TV’s Ken Smith for dedication
- Lisa Carroll of Catawba County named 2017 SONC Coordinator of the Year
- Sherry Paul, longtime SONC volunteer, honored by NC Council on Developmental Disabilities