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Athletes excel at 2019 Summer Games

Nearly 1,800 athletes and Unified partners competed in seven sports, and enjoyed the Opening Ceremony and a victory dance, at the 2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games May 31-June 2.  Photos and results are now available.

Special Olympics NC recognized for commitment to inclusive health

Special Olympics NC was recently recognized by Special Olympics International as one of 33 Special Olympics Healthy Communities. This recognition is awarded to accredited Special Olympics Programs that have elevated their health work to expand their Healthy Athletes program and broaden athletes’ ability to access year-round quality health care, wellness, and fitness opportunities within their community. Learn more about SONC’s health programming.

Truck Convoy for Special Olympics to return to Charlotte

Save the date! The 2019 Truck Convoy for Special Olympics will roll into Charlotte for the North Carolina leg on Saturday, October 19. Local law enforcement officers escort a convoy of trucks through cities and towns in 21 US states and Canada to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics programs.

Special Olympics NC State-Level Awards open

Last year, Sammy Flores received the SONC Athlete of the Year award, because of his passion, drive and dedication! Do you know an athlete, coach or volunteer deserving of recognition? Nominate them for a Special Olympics NC state-level award today. All nominations are due by September 27.

Join the Inclusion Revolution!

Welcome back to another school year! There are nearly 400 Unified Champion Schools in North Carolina. These schools promote acceptance, respect, and human dignity for all students. Interested in becoming a Unified Champion School? Complete the application here!

New SONC partner in inclusive health looks to expand access to care

SONC has entered into a 3-year partnership with East Carolina University’s Doctorate of Nursing Program that will focus on the statewide expansion of access to inclusive healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities. This partnership will focus on an integrative approach to care through the education and training of providers and MedFest events. Learn more about inclusive health in North Carolina.

Davidson County athlete and coach give their all at WOD for Inclusion

Selflessness, dedication, and drive – these are the characteristics to describe the relationships that powerlifting athlete Keith Martin and his coach James Belk share with one another and training. Read more.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The 2019 SONC Equestrian Tournament returns to Raleigh September 27-29. Join us as a volunteer throughout the weekend at James B. Hunt Horse Complex. Sign up here.

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

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 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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