Resource Library

The Resource Library provides resources for the local program coordinators, coaches, volunteers and athletes.

50th Anniversary Toolkit

The first batch of 50th anniversary banners have already been ordered and shipped.  If you did not place an order, but would like a banner, please contact Rachel McQuiston.

Chicago was the site of the first Special Olympics games in 1968 so it is appropriately the site of the 50th anniversary celebration in July.  Many people here in North Carolina have indicated an interest in traveling to Chicago to be a part of that celebration.  We are aware of planning happening but there are still many details SONC has not received.  We promise to keep you posted as we learn more in case you are one of those folks considering a trip to Chicago this summer.

A Save the Date document is available to provide more information on all of the activities.  Here is a quick summary of the schedule – all of this is tentative and based on the limited information we have received:





Tuesday-Thursday, 7/17-7/19/18


Unified Football (soccer) opening game and first round matches

Free and open to the general public

Friday, 7/20/18


Unified Football (soccer) semi-finals (afternoon) and finals (evening)

Free and open to the general public


Eternal Flame of Hope Lighting Ceremony


Saturday, 7/21/18


Global Day of Inclusion Festivities

Free and open to the general public


Celebratory Concert – no information on performers available yet

Tickets $45-$150 – no information on sales available yet


Sports Offered and Calendar

Coach Education and Training

  • Registration for coaches’ training schools is due three and half weeks prior to the training school. Coaches are able to register for training schools online. Training school dates are posted on both the main calendar as well as the sport calendar.
  • Registered coaches and local coordinators will receive a confirmation of attendance prior to the training. If a coach cannot attend for whatever reason, it is critical that it be communicated to the sport staff. A great deal of planning and travel is necessary to make these training schools happen, and we want to ensure it is well worth everyone’s time.

Athlete Training

According to Special Olympics General Rules, athletes must train a minimum of eight weeks before the culminating competition, usually the state-level event. Additional weeks of training are beneficial to the athlete’s overall experience. Practices should be scheduled on a regular basis (weekly or more frequently) to provide ample opportunity for the athletes to learn the rules and to improve their ability.

These practices are also a great opportunity to teach athletes healthy habits as well as improve overall performance. Strive CORE  has been developed for coaches as a fitness assessment tool that can be utilized at the local team level to assist in improving the performance and fitness of Special Olympics athletes. A number of supplemental resources as well as a great video are also available. Contact for more information.

Adding a New Sport

Whether it is adding bocce to your list of sports offered in your county, or adding table tennis to the list of official sports for SONC, it’s all about interest.

When deciding to add a sport to your program, be sure your program can answer these questions:

  • Is this an official sport with SONC or SOI?
  • Do the athletes show interest in this sport?
  • Are there facilities available in my county for this sport?
  • Are there potential resources for coaches for this sport?

SONC asks those same questions before adding a new sport to the 19 official sports already offered. There is also a process by which a sport can become locally popular, recognized, and then finally, an official sport.

Additional Sport Resources

GMS serves many purposes and is a great resource for your local program. You can register athletes, Unified Partners and volunteers into an event, put athletes and Unified Partners onto teams, division athletes/teams, and print out heat sheets. It can also store background check information and serves as a record for past events and certifications.

GMS may seem intimidating, but there are many resources to help those that are new to the software get comfortable with using it. A link to webinars on some of the features of GMS can be found here, including a link to a general overview webinar.

Beginner Powerpoint
Advanced Powerpoint

Training in GMS is offered periodically throughout the year.  Check with your community resource director for the next training.

More GMS tools can be found on the SOI Resources website.

If you need a copy of GMS or your athlete information, please contact Curt Barts.

Additional Resources

Oaths and Codes of Conduct

Athlete Oath – “Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Coach Oath  – “In the name of all coaches and in the spirit of sportsmanship, I promise that we will act professionally, respect others, and ensure a positive experience for all.  I promise to provide quality sports and training opportunities in a safe environment for all athletes.”

Official Oath – “In the name of all judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in the 2011 Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games-Ice Skating with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the spirit of sportsmanship.”

View Master Calendar

Check out the latest organizational updates for leadership volunteers.

Is there someone in your local program deserving of recognition? Do they go above and beyond to exemplify the spirit of Special Olympics? Nominate them for a state-level award!

Local Competition Planning Resources

SONC has created a Spring Games Toolkit for more detailed information and templates you can tailor to your local program. Additionally, Special Olympics, Inc has developed an Event Director’s Guide you may use as an additional resource.