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Athletes prepare for 2018 SONC Fall Tournament

Athletes across the state are preparing for their chance to shine at the 2018 SONC Fall Tournament. The event will be held in the Charlotte area, Nov. 9-11. Competition will take place in six sports and athletes will enjoy a fun Opening Ceremony at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Friday. Nov. 9. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to support the event. Shifts are available throughout the weekend and interested individuals can sign up online.

Dine out at Red Robin to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina

Join local law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes at Red Robin locations around the state on October 27 and November 11! As officers serve you, they will raise funds for Special Olympics NC through tips left by customers. View the full list of participating locations here.

Athletes to receive free medical exams thanks to Harnett County MedFest

Students who have an intellectual disability will be one step closer to going for the gold as Special Olympics athletes thanks to the Special Olympics MedFest. The MedFest will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8 am to 1 pm at Overhills High School in Harnett County.  Participating students will receive free medical examinations required for Special Olympics registration. This is the first fully university-led MedFest in North Carolina, planned and executed by Campbell University MPH students in conjunction with their studies around improving access to health care in rural NC.

Time is running out to 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 todaySee the Polaris Ranger 500 in person when it’s on display at the Barbecue Festival in Lexington on Saturday, October 27.

Become a Unified Champion School this year!

There are already more than 360 Unified Champion Schools in North Carolina and we want you to join them! The 2018-2019 Unified Champion Schools application is now available.  Email for more information.

ESPN recognizes Wake Forest High School for inclusive work

Wake Forest High School has been named as one of five exemplary Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools by ESPN. As part of the National Recognition Program, Wake Forest High School will receive a national banner presentation. View ESPN’s official announcement here.

Unified flag football comes to college campuses

Special Olympics North Carolina has partnered with college campus recreation programs to offer Unified Sports Flag Football to college students and SONC athletes. Read more.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Fall Tournament will be in the Charlotte area November 9-11.  We will have 6 sports and 2 special events with venues in Charlotte, Matthews and Indian Trail.

If you are interested in taking on a volunteer management role, please email If you have a group of 20 or more please complete this form detailing some of your interests.

General Registration is now open. Please visit this link and register online.  Volunteers must be 14 years of age for most roles and should plan on staying for the entire shift.

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.

We have programs throughout the state with year round programs.  These a few of the upcoming events.

Forsyth County is looking for help at their Bowling Tournament Friday mornings in November and December. Check out the available shifts online and sign up!

Mecklenburg County is actively looking for volunteers for their Fall Games. Check out the opportunities and sign up here.

Wake County is looking for volunteers for their Basketball Skills Competition this winter. Check out the shifts and sign up here.

Each 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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