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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!

Athletes across the state prepare for local Spring Games

Throughout the next few months, athletes across the state will have their chance to shine at their local Spring Games. About 350 athletes went for gold last week at Special Olympics Henderson County’s Spring Games. This week, 18 local programs will hold their Spring Games! A full list of Spring Games dates and locations is available here.

Team North Carolina prepares for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games may still be months away, but members of Team NC are already hard at work! Team NC flag football recently came to Raleigh to play a scrimmage against the NC State University Unified flag football team in preparation for Seattle. In addition to practicing, the entire team is working to raise $2,018 to offset the cost of their trip to USA Games.  All members of Team NC have individual fundraising goals and you can support them by donating online

SONC names 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Jayne Radionov for being named the 2017 Special Olympics NC Volunteer of the Year. After being introduced to Special Olympics in 2005, Radionov found a passion for coaching that led to her getting even further involved in the organization. Since then, she has served in many other volunteer roles and traveled to the United Arab Emirates for the 2018 Special Olympics MENA Games! Read more. 

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.

It’s not too late to become a Unified Champion School

Special Olympics North Carolina has nearly 290 Unified Champion Schools and we want you to join the inclusive movement! Complete the application today for the 2017-2018 school year.  Email UnifiedSchools@sonc.net for more information.

Cabarrus County athlete highlighted by WBTV

Congratulations to Eric Gluf from Cabarrus County for being selected as WBTV’s April Special Olympics spotlight! The monthly feature shares the story of a local Special Olympics athlete who is currently training and competing. View his spotlight.

Granite Falls Elementary School students play and live Unified

Inclusion is a big part of each day at Granite Falls Elementary School. From working together as reading buddies to spreading the word to end the R-word, these students are committed to making their school community one of acceptance and respect. Read more.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics North Carolina is hosting the 2018 Southeast US Regional Swimming Invitational at Greensboro Aquatic Center. We are currently looking for a variety of volunteers for Sunday, April 22nd.  Please sign up online here. If you would like to serve in another capacity please email volunteers@sonc.net and let us know where you would prefer to volunteer.

Special Olympics North Carolina is holding the annual Plane Pull fundraiser at RDU airport. Teams of 5 will pull a 30,000 pound plane 25 feet to see who can do it the fastest.  There are multiple divisions and the winners get bragging rights and a big trophy.  We need volunteers to make this all happen.  Please sign up to volunteer online.

Special Olympics North Carolina is holding the 2018 Summer Games June 1-3 in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs. We are currently looking for a variety of volunteers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please sign up online here. If you would like to serve in another capacity please email volunteers@sonc.net and let us know where you would prefer to volunteer.

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 volunteers@sonc.net 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.

Forsyth County has a number of events coming up soon including: a Chili Cook off and Basketball Skills Competition. Check out their volunteer opportunities here.

Mecklenburg County is hosting their Spring Games at locations throughout the county April 23rd-27th.     Sign up here.

Wake County is hosting their Spring Games at Ravenscroft April 18th & 19th and at Cary Academy May 2nd and 3rd. Sign up here.

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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