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 out regular reminders on practices and policies.  Visit it regularly to stay informed!

SONC Staff Update
Updated 8/13/2018

As of August 13th, Lauren Saulter has relocated to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. We wish her all the best and would like to remind all Local Programs that need sports-related assistance to please email while the hiring process is underway. Please stay tuned for Community Resource and Sport department staff updates!

SONC Equestrian Tournament Quota Requests Now Due
Updated 8/13/2018

Don’t forget: the deadline for submitting quota requests for the 2018 Equestrian Tournament is Tuesday, August 21st. Please be sure to fill out this online quota request form to let us know how many athletes and Unified partners you would like to bring.

World Games Updates
Updated 8/3/2018

Preparations for the Special Olympics World Games are well underway in Abu Dhabi scheduled for March 2019.  North Carolina will be well-represented!

  • Several individuals from North Carolina will assist with officiating and actually managing competition at the Games.
  • Chapel Hill Police Special Events Officer Phillip Smith has been selected to participate in the Final Leg of the Torch Run.
  • Dr. Tim Taft will serve as medical staff for Special Olympics USA.
  • Four coaches from North Carolina have been selected to serve on the USA Team.  These coaches went through a separate application process directly with Special Olympics USA.
Bowling Chuck Dellinger
Bocce James Price
Cycling Jake Harkey
Golf Vincent Powierski

Of course the best representation will be the athletes who go to compete in Abu Dhabi!  North Carolina received a total of four quota slots for the World Games.  Interviews are now being conducted and athletes will be announced shortly.  The slots and the selection processes are as follows:

Sport Gender Selection
Athletics Male based on a pilot program where USA Games are used as a qualifying event to move on to World Games
Athletics Female random draw from gold medal winners at 2018 SONC Summer Games
Swimming – high performance Male based on a pilot program where USA Games are used as a qualifying event to move on to World Games
Swimming Male random draw from gold medal winners at 2018 SONC Summer Games

Lake Norman Sailing Regatta
Updated 7/27/2018

The Lake Norman Sailing Regatta will be held September 7th-9th!  Detailed information including hotel information is soon to come.  Please contact Lisa Chambers or Lynn Hegedus if you have any questions.

Fall 2018 Training Schools
Updated 7/26/2018

Registration for fall training schools is open.  Please click here to sign up for one of the following dates.

September 15th – Smithfield, NC
September 23rd – Greensboro, NC

West training school information soon to come!

State-level event dates are set for the 2018-2019 program year

Updated 6/14/2018

Mark your calendars!

Equestrian Tournament – September 28-30, 2018 in Raleigh
Fall Tournament – Nov. 9-11, 2018 in the Charlotte area
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


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.
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.

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 School Registration

Fall training school registration is now live! The cost to attend is $10 per coach, for which the local program may pay.

Fall Training School Dates:

  • September 15th – Smithfield, NC
  • September 23rd – Greensboro, NC

West training school information soon to come

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:

Regina Hurdle – Gates County
Cynthia Williams – Halifax County
Cindy Castle- Randolph County

And welcome to our newest Local Coordinators:

Monica Byerly – Davidson 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

Clinic Opportunities

Check back soon!

Competition Dates

Gaston County Basketball Invitational – Saturday, November 3, 2018