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Special Olympics NC on Capitol Hill

SONC is being represented Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., along with US Programs from all over the USA in meetings with Congressional delegations to thank them for support of Special Olympics health and education initiatives.  Special Olympics Athletes Kristine Hughes of Cary and Natalie Robins of Wilmington are leading the NC group along […]

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Living SOfit – Davidson County Athlete Makes Health a Priority

Every Thursday night, you can find a group of Special Olympics Davidson County athletes working together on an important aspect of being an athlete—their health. Five months ago, Davidson County athlete Brian Goins heard about a new health program, called SOfit, that would help athletes focus on health and wellness. After learning more, he decided […]

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James Branton–2017 Special Olympics NC January Athlete of the Month

For James Branton of Gaston County, sports aren’t just about winning—they are about dedication. At just eight years old, Branton began participating in Special Olympics. He first tried swimming and fell in love with the sport. He soon started swimming at the state-level and enjoyed the atmosphere that came with sports. Since then, Branton has […]

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Athletes across the state came together this fall sports season

This fall, as leaves changed colors and fell to the ground, athletes across the state were practicing and competing in several sports. Local programs organized sports leagues and competitions for not only their own athletes, but for athletes from neighboring counties, as well. In October, Special Olympics Buncombe County invited neighboring programs to compete in […]

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Special Olympics Global Unified Youth Exchange offers life-changing experiences to students

From the moment they landed in Raleigh, 20 Chinese students and educators experienced the true meaning of “Southern hospitality”. They’d traveled to North Carolina for the 2016 Special Olympics Global Unified Youth Exchange (GUYE), a week-long program that united students from two diverse cultures around a shared commitment to inclusive collaboration, authentic engagement and furthering […]

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Ronnie Meadows—2016 Special Olympics NC December Athlete of the Month

  For 35 years, Special Olympics Caswell Development Center athlete Ronnie Meadows has had one catchphrase: “I’m the man!” Since he began competing in Special Olympics, Meadows has been counted on by many as a team captain, friend and good sport. A quiet, but determined, athlete, Meadows shows that a positive attitude and confidence can help […]

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