Special Olympics North Carolina News
Spread the Word to End the Word in March
Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going youth driven campaign to raise the consciousness of society about the hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The annual day of awareness is Wednesday, March 4, but schools across the state are getting involved throughout the month in order to change the R-word to respect. Learn more about what’s happening in North Carolina and take the pledge now.
SONC Athletes Preparing for March Madness
Nearly 1,200 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes are preparing to hit the basketball court at the 2015 SONC Basketball Tournament. Athletes in the western portion of the state will compete in Charlotte, Indian Trial and Matthews on March 7 and athletes in the eastern portion of the state will compete in Kenly, Micro, Selma and Smithfield on March 14. Additionally, more than 300 athletes and Unified Partners will compete at the 2015 SONC Cheerleading Tournament on March 7 in Mocksville. Detailed event information (HOD) for western basketball, for eastern basketball and information for cheerleading is now available.
Unified Relay Across America to Support SONC
Special Olympics and Bank of America are proud to present the first-ever Unified Relay Across America! The Unified Relay will give anyone in the USA a chance to carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope along pre-determined routes that will make their way through all 50 US states converging on Los Angeles in time for the Special Olympics World Games. Over the course of five days (June 1-5), in a hand-to-hand exchange, the Flame of Hope will make its way through North Carolina as participants can run, walk, skate or cycle a segment of the relay in this team and individual fundraising event. Register your team in March and use the promo code MM for March Madness and your $10 registration will be waived!
Run, Dance, Glow for Special Olympics NC
Calling all runners! Come run, dance and glow for Special Olympics NC at the Run.Dance.Glow 5k on Saturday, March 28. The race, part of the Second Empire Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run through NC State University’s Centennial Campus. Runners will enjoy glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark shirts and a concert featuring local DJs. Register today!