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!
Summer Games 2019
Preparations for this year’s state-level event are in full swing!
We’re excited to share our 2019 Summer Games Logo which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games which, as many of you will recall, were held in the Raleigh area.
We have already offered our Summer Games preview webinar. You can listen to a recording if you missed it or share it out with coaches.
HOD information has now been sent to all HODs – please be sure to share the Summer Games HOD Page with your coaches and chaperones to prepare for the weekend. We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh!
Protective Behaviors Training Update and Reminders
Protective Behaviors Training continues to be an important part of education for all Class A volunteers (coaches, chaperones, Unified Partners) and it serves as a tool to ensure a safe environment for all. You may have noticed that the web page looks a little different, but the importance of this training remains the same, and is still required every 3 years. If you have Class A volunteers with an expired Protective Behaviors Training date or volunteers that have not yet taken it, please send them this link.
2019 Torch Run Relay
Come out to cheer or join law enforcement officials as they carry the Flame of Hope in your community! Approximately 2,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers, sheriff deputies and corrections officers will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 2,000 miles, running through thousands of North Carolina communities via different legs (routes) to its final destination – the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games on May 31, 2019. You can learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run and find Torch Run Relay Dates in your community here.
2019 Fall Tournament Dates Announced
After much research, discussion, reflection, and medication, the 2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Fall Tournament dates have been selected. Mark your calendars for Friday November 1st – Sunday November 3rd in the Charlotte area. We truly appreciate all feedback and opinions we received on possibly changing the days of the week for this event and look forward to discussing this further with coordinators, coaches, and volunteers later this summer. Stay tuned for more updates!
Kohl’s Stores Offering Volunteer Support and Donation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are You Using the New Survey?
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!
Make your local events as good as they can be!
Whether you are looking to improve your Spring or Fall Games or host another local event, here are some helpful tips to make event the best it can be!
When you are in the midst of preparations, don’t forget:
- GMS (the Games Management System software) is your friend. If you are not using it to save you hours of work, it may not be too late! Don’t forget to check out the latest GMS videos here.
- You can reach out to SONC staff for added support.
- SONC may have equipment you can borrow.
- All event resources have now been consolidated onto one event resource page. Check it out!
Make Sure Your Program is Using the New Athlete Participation Packet
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!