What are Sport Development Teams?
Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) relies upon the expertise of sports-knowledgeable volunteers who serve on Sport Development Teams (SDT). Special Olympics North Carolina’s SDTs are comprised of key volunteers, representing each of SONC’s 19 sports. Typically, these individuals represent a variety of levels within their respective sports, both inside and outside of Special Olympics.
Sport Development Team Members
SONC Sport Development Team members come from a variety of backgrounds, including high school and college coaches and officials, professional instructors, representatives from sport governing bodies and organizations, and local program coaches, athletes and family members. Each Sport Development Team strives to have representatives from across the state.
Sport Development Team members agree to a two-year commitment and are eligible for re-appointment. Each Sport Development Team is led by a volunteer sport director who serves as chief administrator as it develops resources throughout the state.
Sport Development Team Goals and Responsibilities
Sport Development Team members work to effectively promote the sport within the Special Olympics community, increase awareness of and athlete participation in the sport, and to improve the quality of coaches’ trainings and competition opportunities. The Special Olympics North Carolina Sport Development Team members are committed to the philosophy and mission of Special Olympics and create quality sports programs based on these beliefs.
Sport Development Team members are expected to:
- Regularly serve as a clinicians, or assist in the recruitment of qualified clinicians, at coaches’ training schools. The training schools meet the guidelines and standards of SONC/SOI. These SOI and National Governing bodies standards will be used in rules interpretation and updating.
- Network to establish and develop sports-related resources for volunteers, facility contacts, organizations, media outlets and fundraising sources.
- Counsel the SONC local program games management teams to ensure the quality operation of both training and competition, and assist in providing the necessary local program support to develop and maintain their sport programs.
- Develop a written action plan to include goals and objectives for a sport program over the short and long-term.