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Go freezin’ for a reason at the 2019 Triad Chill

Brave individuals are prepared to plunge into icy water at the 2019 Triad Chill on Saturday, February 23 at Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro all to raise valuable funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina. Registration is now open so sign up today! Don’t live near Greensboro? Don’t worry! There are Polar Plunges happening in communities across North Carolina.

Athletes hit the slopes and the rink at Southeast U.S. Winter Games

Nearly 160 Special Olympics athletes hit the slopes at the 2019 Special Olympics Southeast U.S. Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding competition, while more than 40 athletes took to the rink at the 2019 Special Olympics Southeast U.S. Winter Games – Figure Skating. See results for Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding and Figure Skating

Four North Carolina athletes to attend 2019 Special Olympics World Games

Congratulations to the four North Carolina athletes who have been selected to join Special Olympics USA at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi. Jonathan Willis is excited to make a splash in the pool and hopefully bring home a gold to Beaufort/Hyde. Read more of Jonathan’s story here and meet all of the North Carolina athletes and coaches who are part of Special Olympics USA.

Special Olympics NC honors advocate of inclusive health

Jen Roberts, PT, DPT, of High Point was recently recognized as a 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award honoree thanks to her dedication to improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities and advancing the health work of Special Olympics. She became a certified Clinical Director for FUNfitness in 2014 and has expanded the program significantly. Through her leadership, FUNfitness screenings have taken place in many communities across the state. Read more about the two North Carolina recipients.

Special Olympics NC announces 2018 state-level awards

Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) presented ten 2018 state-level awards honoring outstanding individuals, companies and organizations that support Special Olympics in North Carolina. Read more about all the award winners.

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

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




Forsyth County is looking for volunteers to assist with checking in athletes for physical screenings on March 8th.  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 in April and May. 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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