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Individuals take support of Special Olympics to new heights

More than 100 brave individuals rappelled 30 stories for Special Olympics North Carolina at the 2018 Over the Edge fundraiser, Sept. 28-29. Each participant raised at least $1,000 for the opportunity to rappel down the Wells Fargo Capitol Center in downtown Raleigh. Photos are now available.

Athletes shine at 2018 SONC Equestrian Tournament

More than 100 Special Olympics athletes from across the state showed off their skills at the 2018 SONC Equestrian Tournament held at Hunt Horse Complex in  Sept. 28-30. Results are now posted and photos are being posted here.

Athletes receive free medical exams thanks to MedFest partnership

Thanks to a partnership with Atrium Health in Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 150 students who have an intellectual disability are one step closer to going for the gold as Special Olympics athletes thanks to the Special Olympics MedFest held Friday, Sept. 28.  The students received free medical examinations required for Special Olympics registration. In addition, 143 students received a dental screening during the MedFest. Learn more about the Charlotte Special Olympics MedFest.

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 today.

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.

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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