Special Olympics North Carolina News
Special Olympics Community Mourns Loss of Movement Pioneeer
The Special Olympics movement lost one of its founding members this week when Marty Sheets of Greensboro passed away at the age of 62. Sheets attended the inaugural International Games in 1968 and earned more than 250 medals during his Special Olympics career. His perseverance and bravery earned him induction into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, the first ever Special Olympics athlete to receive the honor in the state. “Marty Sheets was a giant of a man — not in size but in spirit. He was wise but of few words, brave but modest, powerful with a power that inspires and moves people the world over,” said Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver. “I am deeply saddened by his death but overwhelmingly lucky to have counted him as a friend and role model.” Learn more about Marty’s remarkable Special Olympics career.
Unified Relay Across America to Unite Community
Registration for the Unified Relay Across America has closed. The Torch will make its way through North Carolina to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games June 1-5 as participants run, walk, skate or cycle a segment of the relay in this team and individual fundraising event. Participants should receive an email with additional details about their segment time and location. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
SONC Athletes Prepare for Summer Games
After a busy qualifier and spring games season, Special Olympics athletes across the state are turning their attention to the 2015 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games. The event, held May 29-31 in Raleigh and Cary, will bring together nearly 1,500 athletes for competition in six sports. The event will kick off with Opening Ceremonies and Olympic Town festivities on May 29 at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. Detailed event information is now available.
TD Bank Campaign to Support Special Olympics NC
Stop by a TD Bank Store now through June 26 to help raise donations for Special Olympics. Donate your loose change at the Teller Counter or the Penny Arcade to help support Special Olympics North Carolina athletes! Learn more and find a TD Bank near you.
Special Olympics – Division III Partnership is a Win-Win
Since 2011, Special Olympics and NCAA Division III schools have been connected through a partnership designed to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes. In North Carolina, several Division III schools have embraced local Special Olympics programs, creating partnerships that improve programming for Special Olympics athletes as well as provide student athletes with a venue for passion and service. Read more.