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!
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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.