SONC Updates for Leadership Volunteers

This page is available to leadership volunteers across North Carolina to keep them informed of new resources and opportunities from SONC while also sharing regular reminders on practices and policies.  Visit it regularly to stay informed!

Cycling Competition Update
Updated 7/19/2019

As we said we would, we are working to hold a cycling competition later this year. We do not have a set date or location at this point in the planning process however, we do encourage all local programs with new or returning cycling athletes to start planning to train in cycling this fall. We will continue to provide updates to all programs as we move forward in the planning process. Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have questions you may contact the sports department at

2019 Equestrian Coach Training Schools
Updated 7/12/2019

The 2019 Equestrian Coach Training Schools are now open for registration.  Please use this link to register.  For questions please email

Due to low enrollment, the Equestrian Training School in Lexington on July 20th has been cancelled.  Please see the registration link above for a list of all other training school locations and dates.

State-Level Awards Nominations Now Live
Updated 7/11/2019

Do you know an outstanding athlete, family, coach, coordinator, volunteer, or business/organization? Nominate them for a state-level award! We are now accepting nominations through September 27th here.

Special Olympics and Aerie Partnership
Updated 7/11/2019

We are so excited that Special Olympics has partnered with Aerie to launch the Aerie Real campaign, featuring Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes along with Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, model Iskra Lawrence and Special Olympics gymnast and model Chelsea Werner. Check out their interview with the Today Show here.

Opening Our Online Store
Updated 7/10/2019

Did you miss out on purchasing the special Summer Games souvenir t-shirts and pins? We are opening our online store  for those individuals and programs who missed out on this opportunity, or who just want to purchase more of these items. Blue or grey Summer Games t-shirt are available for $7, and Summer Games logo pins are only $1. Orders will be accepted online until Friday, July 19th.

Upcoming Global Messenger Training
Updated 6/11/2019

Through the Global Messenger Program, athletes are trained to be spokespersons for Special Olympics.  Global Messengers are ambassadors for the organization and can recruit potential athletes, volunteers and sponsors through public presentations. This is a great way for athletes to improve their public speaking, leadership, and communication skills! SONC will be hosting a Global Messenger training in Morrisville August 16-17. Applications are now being accepted and are due Friday, July 26th. See the application here and contact Katie McGhee with any questions about the training or our Global Messenger Program.

Are You Using the New Survey?
Updated 3/4/2019

As mentioned during our recent Program Updates Webinar, the newest SONC Impact Survey can now be found online here. These surveys are a great way for SONC to capture feedback, report program information to Special Olympics International and grant funders, and recognize the great work happening in your program. It is important to survey your athletes, students, and volunteers on a regular basis and the newest version will only take a few minutes to complete. It is also an easy way to engage volunteers at your Spring Games or other events, or include in your post-Games wrap-up or social media! If you have any questions or would like to request paper copies of these surveys, please email Lauren Bruce.

New in 2019, programs that submit 20 or more survey answers by August 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card of your choice!

New MedFest Resource – MedFest Planning Manual
Updated 7/8/2019

Take a second to check out the newest resource to help you successfully plan your MedFest or free sports physical event! The SONC MedFest Planning Handbook provides you with timelines, layouts, volunteer roles, communication materials and more. This is a working document that will continue to be updated as we refine and add new materials for your use.

WOD For Inclusion 2019
Updated 6/26/2019

The 2019 WOD For Inclusion will take place on July 20th in CrossFit gyms across North Carolina. If you have gyms in your community that are hosting this great fundraising event, you may have heard from Kristine Hughes, SONC Athlete Leadership Manager, regarding local Athlete Ambassadors’ attendance. Please click here to register them. Gyms wishing to get involved for 2019 can visit for more details on becoming a host gym.

Local Program Swimming Survey
Updated 6/19/2019

Thank you to all of those who participated in swimming at Summer Games this year. To better understand and assist local programs we are looking to gather more information about your swimming program. If your local program offers swimming please complete this short survey. For questions email

Cash Advance How-To Video and Resources
Updated 6/20/2019

If your program received a cash advance for Summer Games, please note that your cash advance report is now due to your Community Resource Director. Please reach out if you have any questions or need help completing this form. We have now developed a how-to video for completing your cash advance reports which you can view here. As always, updated finance forms and information regarding finances can be found on the SONC Resource Library, or you can reach out to your Community Resource Director for assistance.

2019 SONC Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Athlete Training Camp
Updated 6/17/2019

The SONC Athlete Training Camp is designed to get athletes out onto the snow and practice their skills under skilled and professional ski instructors.  The training camp will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019.  Click here for more details.  For questions please contact

2019 SONA National Tennis Championship
Updated 6/12/2019

The 2019 SONA National Championship will be held October 17-19 in Hilton Head, South Carolina!  Registration will be on a first come basis instead of quota-based as done in the past.  Completed event registration is due by July 30th, but we will be accepting registration from now until this date.  Please contact for more information.

Kohl’s Stores Offering Volunteer Support and Donation
Updated 4/24/2019

Here is an opportunity to recruit volunteers and raise money!

For a 3 hour shift, local Kohl’s employees can help at your event (with set-up/take-down, check in, event assistance) or practices (set-up/take-down, greet athletes, assist with coaches).  If you are able to get 5 Kohl’s volunteers to come out your program  can receive a $500 donation. If you are interested please complete this Kohl’s Volunteer request form.  We will post the event on the appropriate site and make the first call to the local store. We will provide contact information for you to follow-up. If you have any questions, contact

Make Sure Your Program is Using the New Athlete Participation Packet
Updated 8/21/2018

The time has finally come to start using the new athlete participation packet.  We will grandfather in the old form but you need to start using this packet for all new athletes.  Starting August 1, 2019 – only the new form will be accepted for all new and renewing athletes.  Here are the things you need to know.

  • It is one full athlete participation packet that encompasses the release form.
  • It is 5 pages but don’t freak out yet – breaking it down makes it more manageable!
    One page of athlete info
    One page for the release that will get completed every 3 years
    2 pages of health history
    1 page for the physician to complete
  • There are no more asterisked items.  This means every single renewal form will require a sports physical to be conducted.  All athletes must visit a physician every three years.
  • A Spanish version is now available.
  • It is now available online as a fillable .pdf file so it can be completed electronically.
  • We are also in the process of implementing DocuSign to collect electronic signatures.  More to come on this!

Please take a few minutes to view this introductory video to learn more about the packet.  Thank you for working with us as we all adjust to this change!

View Master Calendar

Looking for competition opportunities?

Scroll down to the section called “Mark Your Calendars.” Information for the event is linked to each sport webpage.

SONC 50th Anniversary Coins Still Available

There is still time to get your commemorative 50th anniversary coin or pin! These 50th anniversary keepsakes are available for a $50 donation to Special Olympics and are the perfect way to remember 2018’s celebration of 50 years of the Special Olympics movement. Reserve your coin or pin online.

Coach Training Schools

The 2019 Equestrian Coach Training Schools are now open for registration!  Please use this link to register.

Due to low enrollment, the Equestrian Training School in Lexington on July 20th has been cancelled.  Please see the registration link above for a list of all other training school locations and dates.

Attended a training school recently? Please take this short survey!

Need Help Recruiting Volunteers?

If you are in need of volunteers or new committee members, please reach out to Kathy Langfield, SONC Volunteer Engagement Director, to discuss your needs and how she can provide assistance. She also offers assistance recruiting volunteers from Kohl’s via this  Volunteer Request Form.

Volunteer committee job descriptions have also been posted on our Resource Library under the “2017 Leadership Conference” tab.

Coordinator Updates

Welcome to our newest Local Program Coordinators:

Kathy Callahan and Allison Kennedy – Rutherford
Patricia Irwin and Jenifer Teague – Caldwell
Scott Broome and Teresa Bazzle – Catawba
Elizabeth Behr – Pender
Maggie Ervin – Union
Christopher Worsinger – Craven
Christopher “Cam” McFarland – Pitt
Andrew Spence – Lenoir
Tracy Moore – Columbus

Thank you to our outgoing coordinators for your service to SONC!

Chasity McCurty – Pitt
Steven Aster – Craven
Roland Udenze – Union
Nicki Icard – J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

Local Program Event Planning Resources

We have now put all event resources on a single event planning resource page.

Even if you are well into planning for your spring games, check it out to see if there are any tools you can use to polish things off.

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming State-Level Competitions

SONC Equestrian Tournament – September 27-29, 2019 at Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh

SONC Fall Tournament – November 1-3, 2019 in the Charlotte area

SONC Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding – January 12-13, 2020 in Blowing Rock and Boone

SONC Summer Games – May 29-31, 2020 in the Raleigh area

Competition Dates

Lake Norman Sailing Invitational – September 6-8, 2019

Other Opportunities

2019 SONA National Tennis Championship – October 17-19, 2019

2019 SONC Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Athlete Training Camp – December 1, 2019

Special Olympics Southeast U.S. Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding – February 2-4, 2020

2019 Leadership Conference Dates

August 8-9 -Greensboro

September 12-13 -Elizabeth City

September 13-14 -Wilmington

September 19-20 -Clayton