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!

Athlete Ambassadors needed for Publix promotion

Updated 12/6/2017

Special Olympics North Carolina’s statewide partner, Publix, will begin its torch icon fundraising campaign in stores January 4, 2018 until January 20, 2018. The campaign will include 30 stores across North Carolina. In an effort to help Publix maximize their fundraising efforts, we need your help! Publix would like athletes to visit the various store locations during the campaign to say thank you to store employees and customers supporting SONC! Please share the online registration link with your program in hopes of securing athlete visits at all Publix locations specifically on January 13 and 20 from 12pm until 2pm! For a list of available locations and which stores still need athlete coverage, visit the store location webpage which will be updated weekly as registrations are confirmed.

Power of Unity bracelets from Alex and Ani make great gifts!

Updated 12/07/2017

Alex and Ani produced Power of Unity bracelets which are specifically for Special Olympics.  SONC has a limited supply of these bracelets available for sale.  They make great gifts for athletes, lead volunteers, sponsors.  The cost is $20 per bracelet plus shipping costs (they retail for at least $28).  Coordinators can have funds deducted from their pooled banking accounts.  The sooner you order, the sooner you can receive them for gift-giving and ensure that you haven’t missed out!  The online order form is now available.

2018 Special Olympics Unified Sports Bowling Tournament Quota Request Form

Updated 12/01/2017

The 28th Annual Unified Sports Bowling Tournament will be held March 13-15, 2018 in Syracuse, NY.  Quota for any local programs that wish to attend will be due on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  Click here for more information and to submit your quota request.

Power Hours 2018

Updated 11/30/2017

You asked, we listened! Melanie and Lauren, your Community Resource Directors, will be available on a webinar/conference line for a Power Hour each month, beginning January 2018. These Power Hours are designed to give local programs the opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm, and discuss obstacles and successes. The dates and times are listed below, and more details on joining the webinars will be announced as dates get closer.

  • January: 1/23 12:00-1:00PM
  • February: 2/13 5:00-6:00PM (immediately before the Spring Program Updates webinar)
  • March: 3/13 12:00-1:00PM
  • April: 4/17 5:00-6:00PM
  • May: 5/15 12:00-1:00PM
  • June: 6/12 5:00-6:00PM

2018 Charlotte Hornets Basketball Clinic

Updated 11/28/2017

 The Charlotte Hornets NBA team will once again host a basketball clinic for SONC athletes. It is scheduled for Thursday , January 25 from 2:00 until 4:30pm at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte. Registration for this event will close Friday, January 5, 2018. Please click here to register.

Still need to finish accreditation?

Updated 11/30/2017

Please note, the deadline has passed for accreditation for 2018! If you have received an email from your Community Resource Director, please follow up based on those instructions, and feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you for your hard work on this!

Are folks freezin’ for a reason in your county? Tell us about your Polar Plunge! 

Updated 11/30/2017

f you are hosting a Polar Plunge this upcoming winter, please e-mail your Community Resource Director with the date, time, and location for your Plunge. SONC can assist in promoting your event with marketing materials, setting up a registration page for you, and answering any other planning questions you have. If you’ve never held one before but would like more information, they can help walk you through the planning process as well.

Be sure to check out to check out our full listing of Plunges across the state!

Local Program Email Update

Updated 11/30/2017

If you have a Co-Coordinator, please note that the alias email account (Ex: will no longer direct to both coordinators due to an SONC email server upgrade. If you receive a forwarded email, please be sure your Co-Coordinator is kept in the loop by forwarding it to them as well!

Safety Makes Sense When Participating in Holiday Parades

Updated 10/13/2017

With the holiday parade season coming up, we want to share these Special Olympics standards as recommended by American Specialty Insurance Services concerning floats/trailers in parades.

Float Risk Management Recommendations:

  • If the float/wagon is being pulled by a truck, the owner/driver of the truck should have a valid license and proper auto insurance. The driver must be screened as a Class A volunteer.
  • If Special Olympics athletes will be riding on the trailer/float, they should be seated at all times, preferably in the middle of the float facing out towards the audience.
  • The occupants of the trailer should only ride on it in the parade and at no other time.
  • If there will be athletes riding the float in wheelchairs, the wheelchairs should be secured to the bed of the float.
  • If benches are constructed on the float, the benches should be secured properly and tested for weight capacity prior to use.
  • The trailer transporting the riders should be in good condition and thoroughly checked before the parade.  The trailer must have proper auto insurance if required by local laws.
  • The coaches/registered  volunteers to athlete ratio should be followed as outlined in the Special Olympics general rules.
  • No candy or other objects should be thrown from the float.
  • Water should be available for riders.
  • Sunscreen should be available for riders (if applicable).
  • Communication between the lead volunteer/staff person on the float and driver of the truck should be available in the event of an emergency.
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Scroll down to the section called “Mark Your Calendars.” Information for the event is linked to each sport webpage.

Coach Training Schools

Spring sports training school dates will be posted soon, but they will once again be multi-sport training schools. They will very likely be offered near the end of February.  Start identifying coaches now!

New Coordinator Orientation

For all new coordinators – mark your calendars!

Friday, February 2 2018 (tentative)

Upcoming Webinars

Spring Season Program Updates Webinar
Feb 13, 2018
6:00 PM
Register online

Summer Games Preview Webinar
Feb 20, 2018
6:00 PM
Register online

Mark Your Calendars

Competition Dates

Coming soon!