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!
UNC-Wilmington Basketball Clinic
Due to illness, the UNCW/SONC Basketball Clinic set for Sunday, February 18th has been cancelled. We will be announcing a new date shortly. Please reach out to Lauren Bruce with questions or late registration.
To better align with upcoming dates and events this spring, we have rescheduled some upcoming sport and program webinars. Please take a look at the red box on the right for updated webinar information and a registration link. We will be covering some great topics to help plan for Spring Games, such as Young Athletes activities, Spring Games committee development, how to incorporate the 50th anniversary, and more!
Local Competition and Event Reminders
Please let us know if you’re hosting a local competition or event this year – even if it is small or you’re not looking for other programs to join you, we’d like to know about it so we can share on social media all the great things you are doing! You can e-mail competition dates and information to your Community Resource Director.
Power Hours 2018
You asked, we listened! Melanie and Lauren, your Community Resource Directors, will be available on a 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. These webinars will not take the place of program updates or state-level competition webinars but will instead focus on ways to grow or improve your local program. The dates and times are as follows:
- 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
Each call will be on the same webinar and can be accessed here via computer or smartphone, or you can dial in at (646) 749-3112 and use access code 649-763-485.
Watch how volunteer screening forms are distributed
The volunteer screening form only needs to be completed by volunteers who are serving in a Class A capacity. That means they are serving as a coach or chaperone or handling money or serving in a management role. The great majority of your volunteers are Class B volunteers because they simply come out for the day to volunteer at an event. These volunteers do not need to complete a screening form and have the ensuing background check.
In order to reduce confusion, the volunteer screening form should not be linked on web pages for general public use and will be removed from any local program pages. We have often found that volunteers think they are registering for an event when they find it on the web site and background checks are often unnecessarily conducted which results in extra work and cost for the organization.
Please simply send the link for the volunteer screening form (which can be found in the Resource Library) directly to those who will serve as your Class A volunteers. And remember once they have completed the form, they do not need to do it again. Background checks will automatically be run every three years thereafter.
SONC says goodbye to a dedicated sport development team member
There are so many wonderful people who contribute to Special Olympics North Carolina and there is simply no way we can ever properly recognize each one and acknowledge every person we lose. When we do, however, have a volunteer who has worked with multiple programs across the state for over thirty years, we want to do our best to share out the sad news of their passing.
Pat Chinn of Guilford County, who served on the bowling sport development team, passed away in mid-January. She served in several capacities in the sport of bowling and we were very fortunate to have her expertise and dedication for so many years.
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Global Messenger Training
The 2018 Global Messenger training will be held August 17-18 at the SONC office in Morrisville. Applications for athletes and speech coaches will be available online in late April. This is a good time for coordinators to begin gauging interest among local athletes and determining who will be a good fit for both the weekend of training and the role of Global Messenger in general. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please reach out to Rachel McQuiston.
Start nominating 2018 state-level award winners now
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!
Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2018.