The 2017 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games concluded June 4 in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs ending a weekend of competition for nearly 1,900 athletes from across the state in athletics, bowling, cheerleading, cycling, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, swimming and volleyball, according to Keith L. Fishburne, President/CEO of SONC.
EDITORS NOTE: Results for your coverage area can be found on the Special Olympics North Carolina website at http://sonc.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-Summer-Games-Condensed-Results-for-Media.xlsx. If you cannot access the website, contact Rachel McQuiston at 800-843-6276, ext. 110 for a faxed copy
To ensure fair competition, the athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age, gender and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division, followed by fourth through eighth place ribbons.
Athletes competing in the Summer Games represented the following counties/agencies: Alamance, Anson, Avery, Beaufort/Hyde, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Carteret, Caswell Center, Catawba, Cherokee, Cleveland, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Graham, Guilford/Greensboro, Guilford/High Point, Harnett, Henderson, Iredell, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, Johnston, Jones, Lake Norman, Lincoln, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Moore, Murdoch Center, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pasquotank/Camden, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Surry, Transylvania, Union, Vance, Wake, Watauga, Wayne, Wilkes and Wilson.
The Summer Games kicked off with the Opening Ceremonies at Reynolds Coliseum at NC State University including remarks by NC Governor Roy Cooper. One thousand volunteers, under the leadership of a volunteer Games Management Team, were recruited to serve as scorekeepers, timers and various other roles to make the Games a reality for the athletes.
“The 2017 SONC Summer Games were a tremendous success,” said Fishburne. “Athletes from across the state competed in quality competition and went home with some great memories. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped make this weekend a positive and memorable experience for all the athletes.”
Event sponsors for 2017 SONC Summer Games include: Civitan, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Southland Dairy Farmers, Saint Augustine’s University, McMillan Pate & Company LLP, United Healthcare, Enterprise, and Raleigh Parks & Recreation.
SONC statewide partners are: (Supreme); North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (Championship); Sheetz, Knights of Columbus, Ideas That Work, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, (Gold); Duke Fuqua School of Business, Civitan, Credit Suisse, Publix, Sam’s Club, Golisano Foundation, (Silver); Cafe Carolina & Bakery, A Small Miracle, Inc. , Hometown Foundation , National Football League Foundation (Bronze); TD Bank, Troutman Sanders, ESPN, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NC, AAA Carolinas, State Employees Combined Campaign, Bayada Home Health Care, PSPsports, Wells Fargo, Ellis & Winters LLP (Honoray Delegation); Finish Line Henry Wurst Inc.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.sonc.net. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC, http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC and http://www.instagram.com/specialolympics_nc.