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Go Freezin’ for a Reason at the 2018 Triad Chill Polar Plunge!

Support Special Olympics NC at one of the coolest events of 2018. On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the Triad Chill Polar Plunge will be held at Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro. Registration information can be found here.

North Carolina athletes excel at regional competitions

Special Olympics North Carolina athletes have participated in multiple regional competition opportunities already in 2018.  Whether it’s tennis, powerlifting, Alpine skiing or ice skating, North Carolina has been well represented throughout the southeast. View North Carolina results for recent regional competitions here.

Special Olympics North Carolina announces 2018 Special Olympics USA Games delegation

Special Olympics North Carolina is proud to announce the selection of 61 athletes and Unified Partners, 19 coaches and six delegation support personnel to represent the state at the 2018 Special Olympics USA GamesSpecial Olympics Team NC will compete in 11 sports at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, July 1-6. See the highlights from Training Camp. Individuals can support Team NC’s journey to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games by donating online. Read the full news release here

MedFest provides hundreds of free physical exams for athletes every year

Special Olympics NC will hold MedFest events across the state in order to provide Special Olympics athletes with free physical exams and health screenings. On February 2, 80 athletes in Warren County received free physical exams and FunFitness health screenings at the first MedFest in 2018.  Learn more about MedFest.

Test your strength for Special Olympics North Carolina at the 2018 Plane Pull

On Saturday, April 28, five-person teams will compete to see who can pull a 30,000-pound plane 25 feet the fastest at the 2018 Plane Pull.The Plane Pull is a special event fundraiser of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run. Each team will raise a minimum of $800 so register today and start fundraising!

Become a Unified Champion School – Apply today!

Special Olympics North Carolina has over 260 Unified Champion Schools and we want you to join the inclusive movement! Complete the application today for next school year, 2017-2018.  Email for more information.

Mecklenburg County athletes highlighted by WBTV

Congratulations to Nikki Stapleton and Amy Bennett of Mecklenburg County for being selected as WBTV’s February Special Olympics spotlight! The monthly feature shares the story of a local Special Olympics athlete who is currently training and competing. View their spotlight.

SONC announces 2017 Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Debby Michael for being named the 2017 Special Olympics NC Coach of the Year. Coaching Special Olympics athletes since 1980, Michael has been invaluable to the Special Olympics Davidson County program.  She has coached multiple sports, officiated at the 1999 Special Olympics World Games and has served on both the statewide Games Management Team and Sport Development Team to improve the quality of competition and coaches’ education. Read more about her Special Olympics coaching career courtesy of The Dispatch.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics North Carolina is hosting the 2018 Southeast US Regional Swimming Invitational at Greensboro Aquatic Center. We are currently looking for a variety of volunteers for Sunday, April 22nd.  Please sign up online here. If you would like to serve in another capacity please email and let us know where you would prefer to volunteer.

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.

Each local 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.

Forsyth County has a number of events coming up soon including: a Chili Cook off and Basketball Skills Competition. Check out their volunteer opportunities here.

Mecklenburg County is hosting their Spring Games at locations throughout the county April 23rd-27th.     Sign up 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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