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!

ATTENTION ATHLETES…Special Olympics North America needs your help!
Updated 10/16/2018

10 minutes is all you need to complete this online survey. We want your input.
Your feedback will be discussed with the members of the North America delegation at the Special Olympics Global Athlete Congress, taking place in November in the Dominican Republic.

All surveys must be completed by November 1. Click HERE to complete the SONA Athlete Survey.

Winter Games will be here before you know it. Be prepared!
Updated 10/11/2018

If you have athletes who will be training and potentially competing in Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, be sure to get preparations moving now.  The entire registration timeline is accelerated due to the holidays and the amount of notice we are required to give French Swiss who hosts the Winter Games.  The event will be held January 6 & 7, 2019.

SONC is now accepting training rosters of all athletes training in these sports.  Ideally rosters are submitted by October 23 so SONC has ample time to give local programs notice on any missing or expired forms.  This is also the date the quota request form will open.

You can see a full Winter Games registration timeline online.

Fall Tournament Webinar
Updated 10/8/2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Fall Tournament Webinar. As always, a recording is now available for those who cannot join us – please remember to share with your coaches and chaperones so everyone can plan and prepare for the event.

Six Important Amendment Proposals on the Ballot this November
Updated 9/26/2018

As leaders in the nonprofit sector, we wanted to share some important information on this years election ballot. In this fall’s election, North Carolinians will vote on six potential amendments to the state constitution. One of these amendments proposes to set the maximum allowable income tax rate at 7%. Personal and corporate income tax is the single largest source of state revenue from which the state funds everything from education and public safety to health and infrastructure. New research and analysis from the N.C. Budget and Tax Center indicates that such a tax cap would limit our state’s ability to raise adequate dollars to sustain these vital services we rely on daily to ensure our children get a quality education and families across the state have access to health and wellbeing services they need. For more information about how the proposed tax cap amendment will affect your nonprofit and your community, read the Budget and Tax Center’s latest report or visit their website.

To help your nonprofit understand the six constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, the Center has prepared an updated summary of the impact of the six proposed constitutional amendments on nonprofits. The summary includes explanations of what each amendment would do, the pros and cons of each amendment, the potential impact of each amendment on nonprofits and those they serve, and the Center’s position on each amendment. In addition to the analysis of the amendments themselves, the Center has prepared a guide with answers to frequently asked questions about what types of ballot measure advocacy are permissible for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, pitfalls for nonprofits to avoid, and filing requirements for organizations engaging on constitutional amendments.

2019 Polar Plunge Planning
Updated 9/10/2018

Polar Plunge planning season has arrived! As you begin planning your events, please be sure to send dates, times, and locations to Lauren Bruce. Our staff can assist in planning the event, building your online registration and fundraising platforms, and providing marketing materials. If you are interested in learning more about hosting a Polar Plunge, you can find more information on the Polar Plunge Resource Page.

The New Athlete Participation Packet is Now Ready for Use!
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!

New fundraising opportunities will raise valuable funds for the next 50 years

Updated 3/28/2018

The 50th anniversary is an excellent time to bring new people and funds into the movement. There are multiple fundraising programs happening throughout the state that you should be aware of!

  • LETR $50 for 50: Torch Run officers will pledge at least $50 in order to run in their Torch Run relay leg.  Participating law enforcement agencies who raise $2,000 or more from runner pledges for their relay will receive a Special Olympics 50th Anniversary commemorative torch for their agency. This fundraiser has the standard 15% revenue share with local programs.
  • Commemorative Coin and Pin: This collaboration with SOI allows individiuals to donate $50 and receive their choice of a limited-edition 50th anniversary gold coin or gold pin. This program has a 50-50 revenue share between SONC and SOI. 
  • Local program pledge sheet: athletes, youth leaders and volunteers can use the attached pledge sheet to collect donations in honor of the 50th anniversary. All of this money stays in the local program.
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Looking for competition opportunities?

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

50th Anniversary Resources

The entire Special Olympics movement is celebrating 50 years of empowerment throughout 2018! Resources to promote awareness of the 50th anniversary are found in the resource library.

Coach Training Schools

Fall Training Schools are now complete. 

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

Thank you to our outgoing Local Coordinators for your service:

D’Leeshia Lee – Wayne County

And welcome to our newest Local Coordinators:

Brett Christy – Catawba County
Kelli King – Randolph County

Local Program Event Planning Resources

Here are some links to videos and webinars to help you plan your Spring Games, fall events, and beyond. You can always reach out to if you have questions, concerns, or need help as you plan. Our Resource Library also has many great planning materials available.

A quick guide to divisioning – don’t forget that GMS will do the work for you! Join us on easy street!

Event extras

Incorporating the 50th Anniversary into your Spring Games (and other cool enhancements!)

Recruiting volunteers

Creating a Spring Games committee

Young Athletes at Spring Games

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming Webinars

  • Thursday, February 28th 2019 at 12:00PM: Spring Program Updates Webinar
  • Thursday, March 14th 2019 at 12:00PM: Summer Games Preview Webinar

Upcoming State-Level Competitions

Fall Tournament – Nov. 9-11, 2018 in Charlotte
SONC Winter Games – January 6-7, 2019 in Boone/Blowing Rock
Southeast Winter Games- February 3-5, 2019 in Boone/Blowing Rock
Summer Games – May 31-June 2, 2019 in the Raleigh area

Competition Dates


Iredell County Basketball Invitational – Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dare County Basketball Invitational – Saturday, October 27, 2018

Gaston County Basketball Invitational – Saturday, November 3, 2018

Cumberland County Basketball Invitational – Saturday, January 26, 2019


Durham County Golf Invitational – Saturday, November 25th

Other Opportunities

SONC Athlete Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Training Camp –  Sunday, December 2, 2018.