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Individuals go freezin’ for a reason at the Triad Chill Polar Plunge

Everyone was freezin’ for a reason on February 25 at the Triad Chill at Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro. The event featured more than 300 plungers and was emceed by Katie Nordeen of FOX8. Photos will be available soon.

Athletes hit the slopes at Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games

Athletes excelled at the 2017 Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Boone Feb. 5-7. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Southeast Winter Games in North Carolina. Results are now available.

Special Olympics NC names 2016 Athlete of the Year

Marchello Smith of Wake County has been named Special Olympics North Carolina’s 2016 Athlete of the Year. Since getting involved with Special Olympics at age 13, Smith has become a leader in his local program. Read more here.

Kristen Milstead of Mooresville will attend 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Kristen Milstead is getting ready for the 2017 Special Olympics World Games to be held in Austria March 14-25, 2017. Milstead will join the 210-member Special Olympics USA and compete in Alpine skiing. Read more about Kristen’s journey and help support her efforts to go to Austria here. Tune into ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games starting on March 18!

Join SONC at the 2017 Youth Rally

Join Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) at the 2017 Unified Champion School Youth Rally on March 1 on Halifax Mall in Downtown Raleigh to celebrate Spread the Word to End the Word International Awareness Day! The event is open to the public and will feature guest speakers, music and fun for everyone. Schools are encouraged to RSVP online by Monday 2/27. 

It’s not too late to become a Unified Champion

Schools can still become Unified Champion Schools (formerly known as Project UNIFY) by applying online. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Unified Champion School. Check out the latest list of registered Unified Champion Schools in North Carolina by county here.

Davidson County athlete takes the lead on new SOfit health program

Brian Goins of Davidson County wants to help his fellow athletes live healthier lifestyles by bringing a new health program to his county. Read more

Individuals to be freezin’ for a reason in 2017

Join the coolest craze in North Carolina and sign up today to participate in a Polar Plunge! Plunges will take place across North Carolina through March to benefit Special Olympics NC.  Find a Polar Plunge near you

SONC athletes thank UNC Men’s Basketball

Special Olympics North Carolina athletes got to shoot hoops with the best at the 14th annual clinic hosted by the UNC Tar Heels.  Athletes rotated through skills stations and received instruction from the UNC Men’s Basketball players and coaches. Athlete then got to scrimmage against the Tar Heels before receiving autographs from the team. View photos and watch a video about the clinic.

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Volunteers are needed to help with the Special Olympics Wake County Swimming Invitational at Pullen Aquatic Center in Raleigh on March 18! Sign up online here.

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