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Athletes hit the slopes at SONC Winter Games

Nearly 110 Special Olympics athletes hit the slopes at the 2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding competition. Athletes from North Carolina and Virginia competed January 6-7 between Blowing Rock and Boone at Appalachian Ski Mountain. Thanks to Opening Eyes Clinical Directors, Jason Minton and Missy Daluvoys, 40 athletes received free vision screenings on Sunday, January 6th.  See results and photos

SONC announces 2018 Athlete of the Year

Congratulations to Sammy Flores for being named the 2018 Special Olympics NC Athlete of the Year! Since the beginning  of his Special Olympics career nearly 10 years ago, Flores has grown as an athlete and role model for his fellow teammates.  Read more.

Transylvania County athletes get healthier thanks to local gym

The Fitness Factory is giving Special Olympics Transylvania County athletes a competitive edge by assisting with their fitness training. The gym began offering free weight and cardio training to the athletes in December, to help them prepare for competition and improve their quality of life at the same time. Read more courtesy of Fox43.

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.

North Carolina schools recognized for inclusive work

Six Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® in North Carolina have received national recognition for their commitment to inclusion through the National School Recognition Program. Read more.

WBTV Athlete Spotlight: Erykah Culbertson

Congratulations to Erykah Culbertson for being recognized as WBTV’s January Athlete of the Month! Watch Erykah’s story here.

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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 the 300 Special Olympics athletes and coaches representing the USA at World Games.  They 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.

We have programs throughout the state with year round programs.  These a few of the upcoming events.

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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