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SONC to host statewide Respect Rally

Join North Carolina students and educators at Halifax Mall (adjacent to the Dept. of Public Instruction) in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday, April 2for a fun-filled celebration of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools featuring speakers, school-led entertainment, DJ dance party, and much more! The event is free and open to the public, but schools are asked to RSVP here.

Tune into ABC on March 30 for World Games highlights

Tune into ABC on March 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST for a recap of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Results for the NC athletes who attended will be available soon. View photos of North Carolina athletes, coaches and Final Leg runner.

Special Olympics NC athletes prepare for Spring Games

Special Olympics NC athletes across the state are preparing to compete in local spring games in their communities. Local competitions will take place throughout the state over the next few months, with Nash County, Union County and Wayne County hosting Spring Games this week. View the complete Spring Games calendar for more information.

Test your strength for Special Olympics North Carolina

Show off your muscles for Special Olympics NC by participating in the 2019 Plane Pull on April 27 at RDU Airport! Teams of five will pull a 30,000-pound regional jet 25 feet in a race against the clock while raising valuable funds and awareness for SONC. Registration is now open so sign up today!

Become a Unified Champion School this year!

There are nearly 400 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.

Special Olympics athletes receive free health screenings

Healthy Athletes screenings taking place in April have the potential to reach 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities, nearly triple the amount  of screenings that took place in March. Learn how you can get involved!

WBTV Athlete Spotlight: Kellie Hearne

Congratulations to Kellie Hearne for being recognized as WBTV’s March Athlete of the Month! Watch Kellie’s story here.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

Forysth County is looking for volunteers for their Spring Games April 10th-12th at Bishop McGuiness High School. Check out the opportunities and sign up here.

Mecklenburg County is actively looking for volunteers for their Spring Games in April and May. Check out the opportunities and sign up here.

Wake County is actively looking for volunteers for their Spring Games April 24th & 25th at Ravenscroft and May 1st & 2nd at Cary Academy. 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.

Special Olympics North Carolina is looking for volunteers to assist with our regional swimming competition on April 28th at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.  Please signup online or email with questions.  All volunteers need to be 14 years of age or older. We welcome groups to join us as well.

Special Olympics North Carolina needs help throughout the year in our office and warehouse in the Raleigh area.  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.

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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