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Athletes shine at 2018 SONC Fall Tournament

More than 1,000 athletes and Unified partners from across the state showed off their skills at the 2018 SONC Fall Tournament, Nov. 9-11. Competition took place in six sports at venues throughout the Charlotte area. Results are now available and photos are being posted online here.

SONC releases 2017-2018 Health Report

Special Olympics North Carolina’s health efforts continue to develop and are detailed in the 2017-2018 Health Report. The report highlights health partnerships as well as data collected during Healthy Athletes screenings. View the full report.

Go freezin’ for a reason at a Polar Plunge near you

This winter, Polar Plunges across North Carolina will have people freezin’ for a reason! Brave individuals will jump into icy water while raising valuable funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina. Grab a friend and find a Polar Plunge in your community.

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.

Charlotte Checkers Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics NC

Join the Charlotte Checkers for a parking lot Polar Plunge fundraising event in support of Special Olympics North Carolina on Saturday, January 19. This unique pre-game event will allow fans to support SONC and earn a free ticket to the Checkers’ game against the Toronto Marlies that evening. Register online now!

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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.

Special Olympics NC has been selected to inventory and sort the uniforms for Team USA.  Team USA is comprised of over 300 athletes and coaches who will be heading to Abu Dhabi in March for the 2019 World Summer Games.  If you'd like to volunteer for a day or two during January please select a shift online.  If you're looking to do even more please email to let us know that you want to help out for more than just a day or two.

Special Olympics NC is hosting our annual Winter Games at Appalachian Mountain in Blowing Rock January 6th & 7th.  Please sign up to help on the mountain or at the dance!    View and sign up online.

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 morning December 14th. Check out the available shifts online and sign up!

Forsyth County is looking for 25 volunteers to assist with medical exams. Nurses, CNA's, and Medical Students are welcome to assist on January 18th.  View and signup online.

Mecklenburg County is actively looking for volunteers for their Winter Games in January and February. Check out the opportunities 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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