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2016 Local Coordinators of the Year

SONC names 2016 Coordinators of the Year

Congratulations to Robert Brown Jr. and Michelle Bumgarner of Caldwell County for being named the 2016 Special Olympics North Carolina Coordinators of the Year! As part of their work to increase the Special Olympics program in Caldwell County, Brown and Bumgarner have placed a strong emphasis on developing committees of volunteers focused on fundraising, events, volunteers management, and sports and coaching. Read more about how they’ve established a strong foundation for Special Olympics Caldwell County.


North Carolina athletes selected to attend 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Two Special Olympics North Carolina athletes will join 3,000 of their peers in Austria March 14-25, 2017 for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.  110 nations will be represented as athletes compete in nine sports.  Stay tuned for the official announcement of the two North Carolinians who will be part of Special Olympics USA!

Triangle Rock Club 740x400

Preview Over the Edge on August 26

Do you have pre-Over the Edge nerves? You can conquer them with our free practice rappel on August 26 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Triangle Rock Club in Morrisville! The 40-foot rock wall rappel will give participants a taste of what awaits them Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at the Wells Fargo Capitol Center.  To RSVP for the practice rappel and schedule your rappel time, please contact Leslie Moyar.  Learn more about Over the Edge thanks to Raleigh Magazine. Register for Over the Edge today!

Brie Gallagher ESPN Volunteer Award

Brie Gallagher wins Team ESPN VoluntEAR of the Year

Congratulations to Brie Gallagher of Charlotte for winning the Team ESPN VoluntEAR of the Year award. The award is given annually to a nominated ESPN employee who goes above and beyond to help others.  Over the past year, Brie gave nearly 180 hours of her time to various organizations, chief among them Special Olympics North Carolina. She organized several volunteer events for fellow Charlotte-based ESPN employees, participated on a Unified bowling team and recruited participants for the Unified Relay Across America.  Brie’s dedication to Special Olympics athletes reflects a wider commitment by ESPN to leverage the power of sports and promote an environment of social inclusion through Unified Sports.

2016 NCHSAA Conference Attendees

NC youth leaders attend national student leadership summit

Glendon Finley of Cary High School and Jacquelyn Hedrick of Sanderson High School joined students representing the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) July 18-20 in Indianapolis for the National Federation of State High School Associations National Student Leadership Summit.  Read more

2016 Summer Games Healthy Athletes

Athletes Focus on Health During Summer Games Screenings

This year at the 2016 SONC Summer Games, seven Healthy Athletes disciplines provided free health screenings for athletes. Making its debut at Summer Games, Opening Eyes offered eye screenings and new eyeglasses on-site. Read more

2016 Summer Games Sunscreen

New Partnership Promotes Sun Safety at Summer Games

Special Olympics NC athletes beat the heat during the 2016 SONC Summer Games with the help of over 15 portable sun safety stations. Partnering with Aesthetic Solutions, the American Society Dermatological Surgery and La Roche-Posay, athletes learned the importance of skin health. Read more

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