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SONC athletes excel at 2018 SONC Winter Games

Nearly 100 Special Olympics athletes from North Carolina and Virginia hit the slopes Jan. 7-8 at the 2018 SONC Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding. Competition was held at Appalachian Ski Mountain between Blowing Rock and Boone. Results and photos are now available.

Publix and Procter & Gamble partner to #LIGHTTHETORCH for Special Olympics North Carolina 

From January 4 through January 20, 2018, Publix customers and associates will be able to make a donation to Special Olympics North Carolina at the register and in turn will receive a special Torch Icon that includes exclusive savings on Procter & Gamble brands. Shoppers can also meet local athletes who will be on-site at Publix Super Market stores throughout the state on Saturday, January 13 and Saturday, January 20 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Find a participating Publix Super Market near you!

MedFest provides hundreds of free physical exams for athletes every year

This past year, Special Olympics NC has held three MedFest events across the state: the Cape Fear Regional MedFest, the Charlotte MedFest and the Vance-Granville MedFest. In total, 229 new and returning athletes received free physical exams and 123 received free dental screenings through the Healthy Athletes Special Smiles discipline! Learn more about MedFest.

SONC names 2017 Family of the Year

Congratulations to the Bell family of Watauga County for being named the 2017 SONC Family of the Year. Ty and Nancy Bell became involved in Special Olympics more than a decade ago thanks to their daughter, Courtney. Since then, they have coached multiple sports, supported the local program financially and taken personal interests in each Watauga County athlete they meet.

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 UnifiedSchools@sonc.net for more information.

Mecklenburg County athlete highlighted by WBTV

Congratulations to Robin Callaway of Mecklenburg County for being selected as WBTV’s January Special Olympics spotlight! The monthly feature shares the story of a local Special Olympics athlete who is currently training and competing. View her spotlight.

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.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics North Carolina is offering health screenings to our athletes throughout the state at MedFest.  We are currently looking for medical professionals who are willing to travel to Warrenton on February 2, 2018 to help complete these screenings.  EMTs, athletic trainers, nurses, doctors and supervised medical students are all encouraged to attend.  Please complete this form to confirm your interest.  If you would like to serve in another county please email volunteers@sonc.net 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 volunteers@sonc.net 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 Winter Games at locations throughout the county January 24th-29th.     Sign up here.

Warren County is hosting a MedFest on February 2nd. We will be offering a variety of health screenings for our athletes and are looking for medical professionals to assist with those screenings. Please sign up to volunteer 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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