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WOD for Inclusion to benefit Special Olympics NC

Work up a sweat for Special Olympics North Carolina at the “WOD for INCLUSION” fundraising event on July 20, 2019. Register your gym or as a participant and make a difference, one rep at a time!

Join us in Celebrating Champions and Inclusion throughout July

We are celebrating champions all month long but we can’t do it without YOU! When you donate to Special Olympics this July, you make twice the difference. And what’s even more… July 15-20 marks the Global Week of Inclusion, culminating in Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day on July 20! Help carry on Shriver’s legacy by taking the Inclusion Revolution pledge here.

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.

Coastal Management fundraises over $20,000 for Special Olympics NC

What a sweet success! Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Coastal Management raised over $15,000 in North Carolina stores and over $5,000 in South Carolina locations throughout a week-long fundraising campaign in May. The Holly Springs location is recognized as the top fundraising store for the campaign with more than $3,000 raised. A heartfelt thanks to Coastal Management for their generous contribution and advocacy for Special Olympics athletes in the Carolinas.

Join the Inclusion Revolution!

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!

Local eye doctor makes inclusive health a priority

As a teenager, Dr. Jason Minton played on a Unified softball team, made of people with and without intellectual disabilities. Five years ago, he returned to the Special Olympics movement in a new role: Opening Eyes Clinical Director.  View the WRAL story on Dr. Minton.

Best friends from Lincoln County go for gold during the 2019 Summer Games

Genesis Alvarez and Gianna Mrozek  ran, jumped, and threw their way to victory collecting medals and maintaining an uplifting attitude.  Alvarez and Mrozek both have unique stories that make what they have accomplished even more exciting.  Read more about their story and their accomplishments. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

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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