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Take your support of SONC to new heights at Over the Edge

Embrace your inner daredevil and rappel 30 stories down the Wells Fargo Capitol Center on Saturday, September 29! The 2018 Over the Edge fundraising event will feature more than 100 individuals making a difference in the lives of nearly 40,000 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes.  Sign up and begin fundraising today! Individuals can get a feel for rappelling at the Practice Rappel at Triangle Rock Club in Morrisville on Friday, Sept. 7.  More details are here. 

Special Olympics celebrates 50th anniversary in Chicago

The Special Olympics movement returned to Chicago for a weekend-long celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary! Festivities included the dedication of the eternal Flame of Hope monument outside Soldier Field, a Unified soccer tournament, the Global Day of Inclusion and a celebration concert. You can still purchase your 50th anniversary souvenir pin or coin here.

Union County athlete receives glasses for the first time thanks to Healthy Athlete screenings

Joe Crawford left the 2018 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games with a few things: great memories, a bronze medal in Unified bowling and a whole new outlook on life. Thanks to participating in Opening Eyes vision screenings, Joe received a pair of glasses for the first time in his life! This life-changing service has helped Joe at school, where he can now see the chalkboard. Read more about Joe’s story. Medical professionals interested in donating their time as a volunteer at a health screening should contact Ellen FaheyA list of local health screenings is available here. 

Enter for your chance to win a Polaris Ranger 500

Purchase your $10 ticket to win a Polaris Ranger 500 and support Special Olympics North Carolina! A winner will be drawn on November 1, 2018 and only 5,000 tickets will be sold so buy your ticket today.

Get ready for the 2018-2019 school year, Unified Champion Schools!

Congratulations on a great 2017-2018 school year! Special Olympics North Carolina has more than 300 Unified Champion Schools and we want you to join the inclusive movement! 2018-2019 application coming soon.  Email for more information.

Celebrate 50 years of Special Olympics

Give $50 in honor of 50 years and get your choice of a limited-edition commemorative 50th Anniversary Gold Pin or Gold Coin! Get yours now.

From athlete to coach, Wilkes County athlete demonstrates leadership

David Caldwell and Ethan Cassity have been friends for years, but their bond is even stronger now that they’re coach and athlete. Read more.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics North Carolina needs help throughout the year in our office and warehouse.  We handle data entry for newly registered athletes and volunteers.  We maintain a large warehouse with almost everything that you need for a sports event and use various items throughout the year so we need volunteers to keep it all in order.  Please signup online or email with questions.  We welcome groups of 4 or 5 to join us as well.

Each local program has a local committee that assists the Local Program Coordinator in all of their program needs. Click here to see what opportunities are available or visit your local program's page.

Lake Norman is in need of medical coverage for the Southeast Sailing Regatta September 7-9. Click here for shift information and to sign up.

Mecklenburg County is actively looking for volunteers for their Fall Games. Check out the opportunities and sign up here.

Wake County is looking for volunteers for their Basketball Skills Competition this winter. Check out the shifts and sign up here.

Join us at our largest fundraiser of the year. We need volunteers to work in a variety of capacities while up to 100 individual rappel down the Wells Fargo building in downtown Raleigh. Please select a shift where you can work the entire time. We will provide a T-Shirt and for those working 6 hours or more we will also provide a meal.

Register online now!

For information on coaching, volunteering at events, or getting involved with your local program, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form! Volunteers will be added to our email database for information on future volunteer opportunities.

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