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Join SONC at the 2017 Youth Rally

Join Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) at the 2017 Unified Champion School Youth Rally on March 1 at 10:30 a.m. on Halifax Mall in Downtown Raleigh to celebrate Spread the Word to End the Word International Awareness Day! The event is open to the public and will feature guest speakers, music and fun for everyone. Schools are encouraged to RSVP online by Monday 2/27. 

Test your strength for Special Olympics at the Plane Pull

Five-person teams will test their strength for Special Olympics NC on April 29 at RDU Airport as they compete to see who can pull a jet the fastest.  Registration for the 2017 Plane Pull® presented by Credit Suisse is now open!

Unified Battle of the Blues to take place March 4

Experience the UNC – Duke basketball rivalry in a whole new way with the Special Olympics Unified Sports Rivalry Series game on March 4 at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill.  Students from both schools will team up with Special Olympics athletes for the annual Unified basketball game. The game begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

North Carolinians prepare for 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Kristen Milstead and Maurice Watts are hard at work raising funds for the 2017 Special Olympics World Games! They will travel to Austria to compete in Alpine skiing March 14-25, 2017.  A local 5k was held in support of Kristen’s efforts and Maurice recently participated in the Triad Chill Polar Plunge. Learn more about Maurice from his profile on FOX8. You can support their efforts by donating to Kristen or Maurice online.  Tune into ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games starting on March 18!

It’s not too late to become a Unified Champion

Schools can still become Unified Champion Schools (formerly known as Project UNIFY) by applying online. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Unified Champion School. Check out the latest list of registered Unified Champion Schools in North Carolina by county here.

Davidson County athlete takes the lead on new SOfit health program

Brian Goins of Davidson County wants to help his fellow athletes live healthier lifestyles by bringing a new health program to his county. Read more

Individuals to be freezin’ for a reason in 2017

Join the coolest craze in North Carolina and sign up today to participate in a Polar Plunge! Plunges will take place across North Carolina through March to benefit Special Olympics NC.  Find a Polar Plunge near you

SONC athletes thank UNC Men’s Basketball

Special Olympics North Carolina athletes got to shoot hoops with the best at the 14th annual clinic hosted by the UNC Tar Heels.  Athletes rotated through skills stations and received instruction from the UNC Men’s Basketball players and coaches. Athlete then got to scrimmage against the Tar Heels before receiving autographs from the team. View photos and watch a video recapping the history of the clinic.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to help with the Special Olympics Wake County Swimming Invitational at Pullen Aquatic Center in Raleigh on March 18! Sign up online here.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Special Olympics U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro on April 9! Sign up online here.

Volunteers are needed to help with the 2017 Plane Pull benefitting Special Olympics North Carolina at RDU Airport in Raleigh on April 29! Sign up online 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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