For sport-specific information, please scroll down and find the sport on the left under “Sports Offered.”
Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports to nearly 40,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities. Athletes train for a minimum of eight weeks with an average 1-2 practices per week. Sports competition is available for eligible athletes 8 years old and older, and there is no age limit.
Young Athletes Program — for ages 2-7 with and without an intellectual disability
Motor Activities Training Program — for athletes with more profound disabilities
Sports Offered & Sport Events
The complete listing of sports can be found to the left. Click on any sport to see which events are offered and rules as well as pertinent registration forms. Visit the page for your local program (county) to see if a particular sport is offered in your community.
The 2015-2016 Sport & Organizational Updates and Reminders is a great resource that summaries all the sport changes for the program year, as well as highlights some reminders!
The next state-level event is…
scheduled for October 9-11, 2015 in Raleigh.
Opportunities for SONC athletes to compete at southeast region and national level events are growing and programs are encouraged to send athletes to these competitions whenever possible. They are listed on the sport web page.
Annually, SONC does host the Southeast U.S. Region Alpine Skiing / Snowboarding competition in Boone/Blowing Rock the first Sunday in February.
Learn more to become a Special Olympics athlete? Or, learn more on how to become a Special Olympics coach? If you do not have an intellectual disability but are interested in competing alongside your friend, sibling, etc. who does qualify for Special Olympics, you can do so through Unified Sports.
Every four years, gold medal winners from state-level competition are entered into a random drawing to be selected to represent North Carolina at the U.S.A. Games. The most recent U.S.A. Games occurred June 14-21, 2014 in Princeton, New Jersey.
Every two years (alternating between Summer and Winter), gold medal winners from state-level competition are entered into a random drawing to be selected to be a part of Special Olympics Team USA at the World Games.
The next World Games will be the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.