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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. Join SONC for the 2019 Plane Pull Open House on Thursday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to pick up registration packets. Questions about the event should be directed to Leslie Moyar.

Special Olympics North Carolina to host 2019 Southeast U.S. Swimming Invitational

Nearly 260 Special Olympics athletes from four states around the southeast will converge on Greensboro for the 2019 Special Olympics Southeast U.S. Swimming Invitational on Sunday, April 28. Athletes from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will compete at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

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 9 counties hosting Spring Games this week. View the complete Spring Games calendar for more information and check out these great photos from Alamance County’s Spring Games.

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!

WRAL Athlete Spotlight: Bryan Henry

Congratulations to Bryan Henry for being recognized by WRAL for his accomplishments at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games! Watch Bryan’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.

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 2nd & 3rd 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 Plane Pull event on April 27th at RDU Airport.  We need volunteers to help with setup, tear down, meal service and more at this family friendly fundraising event. Please signup online or email with questions.  All volunteers need to be 18 years of age or older. We welcome groups to join us as well.

Special Olympics North Carolina will hold the 2019 Summer Games in the Raleigh area May 31-June 2. More than 1,000 volunteers will be needed in a variety of roles throughout the weekend. Please signup online or email with questions. 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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