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Take your support of SONC to new heights at Over the Edge

Embrace your inner daredevil and rappel 30 stories down the Wells Fargo Capitol Center on Saturday, September 29! The 2018 Over the Edge fundraising event will feature more than 100 individuals making a difference in the lives of nearly 40,000 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes.  Sign up and begin fundraising today!

Athletes ready to shine at 2018 SONC Equestrian Tournament

Nearly 120 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners are ready to ride at the 2018 SONC Equestrian Tournament. The event will take place at Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh Sept. 28-30 and is free and open to the public. Volunteers are still needed and can sign up online. Detailed event (HOD) information will be available soon.

Union County athlete receives glasses for the first time thanks to Healthy Athlete screenings

Joe Crawford left the 2018 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games with a few things: great memories, a bronze medal in Unified bowling and a whole new outlook on life. Thanks to participating in Opening Eyes vision screenings, Joe received a pair of glasses for the first time in his life! This life-changing service has helped Joe at school, where he can now see the chalkboard. Read more about Joe’s story. Medical professionals interested in donating their time as a volunteer at a health screening should contact Ellen FaheyA list of local health screenings is available here. 

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.

Become a Unified Champion School this year!

In the 2017-2018 school year, there were more than 300 Unified Champion Schools in North Carolina and we want to increase that number this year! 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

The 2018 SONC Equestrian Tournament needs you! Volunteers are needed to assist with competition, venue set-up and awards throughout the weekend of Sept. 28-30.  All volunteers who are serving a full-day shift will be given lunch.

Register online now!

Join us at our largest fundraiser of the year. We need volunteers to work in a variety of capacities while up to 100 individuals rappel down the Wells Fargo building in downtown Raleigh. Please select a shift where you can work the entire time. We will provide a T-Shirt and for those working 6 hours or more, we will also provide a meal.

Register online now!

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 will open in mid-September.  If you want to be sure to get an email when the registration is open please complete this form.

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.

Cabarrus County is looking for assistance at their Bocce Invitational on October 13th. Learn more here.

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.

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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