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Join us in spreading unstoppable joy with Finish Line this holiday season

For the sixth year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefitting Special Olympics from November 15 – December 31, 2017 at over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States. Find a participating store near you!

Youth leaders attend the 2017 Global Unified Youth Exchange in China

Day 4 of the Youth Exchange was all about inclusion as the group visited a school for students with intellectual disabilities and were welcomed with open arms! The North Carolina delegation joined in on a dance, learning from the students. Alyssa Tafflinger, a UNC-Chapel Hill student, said it best, “We all did not speak the same language or look the same, but while doing this dance, it seemed as if the barriers disappeared. We were all one in the same, learning and dancing together.” From December 2nd – 9th, the North Carolina delegation will meet with youth leaders and educators in China to strategize on project plans to implement to promote inclusion in their schools and communities once they arrive back home. Read more about their journey.

SONC athletes prepare for winter sports season

As the weather gets colder, Special Olympics athletes turn their attention to the slopes and the ice rinks in North Carolina. Upcoming winter sports competitions include the 2018 SONC Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, the 2018 Southeast Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding and 2018 Southeast Ice Skating.

MedFest provides hundreds of free physical exams for athletes every year

This past year, Special Olympics NC has held three MedFest events across the state: the Cape Fear Regional MedFest, the Charlotte MedFest and the Vance-Granville MedFest. In total, 229 new and returning athletes received free physical exams and 123 received free dental screenings through the Healthy Athletes Special Smiles discipline! Learn more about MedFest.

SONC announces 2017 Athlete of the Year

Travis Bowman of Craven County was recently named the 2017 Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete of Year.  He’s known throughout his community for his involvement with Special Olympics, training and competing in multiple sports. Bowman is also a key supporter of the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run in Craven County and runs in the relays in each year. Congratulations, Travis!


Become a Unified Champion School – Apply today!

Special Olympics North Carolina has over 260 Unified Champion Schools and we want you to join the inclusive movement! Complete the application today for next school year, 2017-2018.  Email for more information.

Cleveland County athletes highlighted by WBTV

Congratulations to Cleveland County’s flag football athletes for being selected as WBTV’s December Special Olympics spotlight! The monthly feature shares the story of a local Special Olympics athlete who is currently training and competing. View their spotlight.

Longtime SONC volunteer honored by NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

Sherry Paul was recently awarded the Jack B. Hefner Memorial Award which celebrates the vision and achievement of advocacy by North Carolina’s families and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The award was presented by the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities. 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.

Wake County is hosting a MedFest on December 13th at Green Road Community Center. We will be offering a variety of health screenings and fun activities to Wake County students.  Please sign up to volunteer here.

Mecklenburg County is hosting their Winter Games at locations throughout the county January 24th-28th. 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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