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Flame of Hope begins it journey to the 2018 SONC Summer Games

The Flame of Hope is making its way throughout North Carolina in advance of the 2018 Special Olympics NC Summer Games Opening Ceremony on June 1. Each spring, law enforcement officers from all over the state host a Torch Run relay in their communities. As Guardians of the Flame, officers carry the torch in relays spanning over 2,000 miles before they converge in Raleigh at the State Capitol for the Final Leg.  Find a Torch Run relay route in your community.

Athletes prepare to shine at the 2018 SONC Summer Games

Nearly 1,900 athletes and Unified Partners from across the state are ready for their chance to shine at the 2018 SONC Summer Games June 1-3 in various Raleigh-area locations.  Athletes will compete in one of nine sports and enjoy many fun activities like Opening Ceremony, Olympic Town, a dance and Healthy Athletes screenings. Volunteers are still needed for the weekend and can sign up onlineDetailed (HOD) information is now available.

Team North Carolina prepares for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

With less than two months until the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, members of Team NC continue to train hard! On May 18, Team NC golf met at Hillandale Golf Course in Durham to practice. 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

Expanded health screenings offered at Summer Games

Athletes competing at the 2018 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games will have access to expanded Healthy Athletes screenings on both Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. The full schedule of Healthy Athletes screenings can be found here. Athletes may reserve times to complete these screenings through the online sign-up form, but walk-ups are still accepted. Special Olympics Wake County athletes who are not competing in Summer Games are also encouraged to participate in Healthy Athletes screenings.

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.

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.

Sycamore Creek Elementary School teacher named WRAL Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to Pamela Hoke for being recognized as the WRAL Teacher of the Week! Ms. Hoke works to make her school a more inclusive and accepting place for students with and without intellectual disabilities through the Unified Champion Schools program. View her spotlight.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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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