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Athletes shine at 2018 SONC Fall Tournament

More than 1,000 athletes and Unified partners from across the state showed off their skills at the 2018 SONC Fall Tournament, Nov. 9-11. Competition took place in six sports at venues throughout the Charlotte area. Results are now available and photos are being posted online here.

Athletes receive free health screenings during Fall Tournament

Strong Minds and Special Smiles provided a combined 328 screenings for SONC athletes at the 2018 Fall Tournament in Charlotte. During these screenings, athletes learned techniques for handling stress as well as proper dental hygiene. Learn more about Healthy Athletes screenings.

Finish Line supports Special Olympics with annual campaign

This holiday season, Finish Line is helping Special Olympics athletes be SOUnstoppable! Visit your local Finish Line now until December 30 to donate. Find a Finish Line location near you.

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 UnifiedSchools@sonc.net for more information.

ESPN recognizes Wake Forest High School for inclusive work

Wake Forest High School has been named as one of five exemplary Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools by ESPN. As part of the National Recognition Program, Wake Forest High School will receive a national banner presentation. View ESPN’s official announcement here.

NC State wins Unified Flag Football Rivalry Game

Congratulations to NC State University for winning the 2018 Unified Sports Flag Football Rivalry Game! The Wolfpack defeated the UNC – Chapel Hill Tar Heels 21-19 on Saturday, November 18.  Both teams were made up of local Special Olympics athletes and students from NC State and UNC.  Special Olympics Unified Sports® joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to promote social inclusion through shared sports experiences. Photos will be available soon. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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

Cabarrus County is looking for volunteers for their Bowling competition November 17th. Check out the shifts and sign up online.

Forsyth County is looking for help at their Bowling Tournament Friday mornings in November and December. Check out the available shifts online and sign up!

Mecklenburg County is actively looking for volunteers for their Winter Games in January and February. Check out the opportunities and sign up here.

Wake County is looking for volunteers for their Basketball Skills Competition this winter. Check out the shifts 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.

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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