SONC Local Program Updates

PSP Sports could be calling potential sponsors in your area

Updated 3/2/17

Special Olympics North Carolina is excited to partner with PSP Sports for the creation and publishing of the 2017 SONC Souvenir Program.  PSP Sports has previously worked with Special Olympics Virginia and Tennessee. The company will sell ads to companies in order to cover the cost of the program, which will be given to SONC for free.

This means they may be contacting businesses in your community.   As a result, you may receive questions and need to clarify local fundraising efforts versus chapter level (which ultimately benefits your local athletes as well).  If you have any questions or are contacted about the program, please contact Susan Doggett.

Get Your Swimming Gear through Speedo

Updated 3/20/17

The Carolina Swim Shop and Speedo have partnered with SONC to offer programs significant savings on Speedo team suits, training equipment, and apparel. Check out their flyer and pricing list.

Why is Nathan emailing me?

Updated 3/15/17

You may have recently received an email from Nathan Brookins – especially if you are attending a swimming invitational in the next month.  Don’t delete it!  We are excited to have Nathan join  staff as the new sport director for the east.  Welcome Nathan!    

Nominate an athlete for Athlete of the Month

Updated 3/2/17

Is there an athlete in your program who deserves extra recognition? Someone who goes above and beyond or whose life has been changed by Special Olympics? Submit them to be the next Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete of the Month!

All submissions will be considered each month for up to six months. Questions? Contact Rachel McQuiston.

How to Delegate webinar amongst others available to help you prepare for spring games

Updated 3/15/17

The “How to Delegate” webinar will be held Tuesday 3/21 at 6pm (rescheduled).  Register today!

Thank you to all that have contributed to the webinars so far!

  • Spring Games Competition & Awards: Webinar Recording (please note there is a period of three minutes where Andrea forgot to unmute herself. Don’t worry – she went back and repeated the information for that slide).
  • Volunteer Recruiting and Training: Webinar Recording
  • Event Extras: Webinar Recording

Sport Invitationals Ramping Up for Spring!

Updated 2/24/17

Yes, there is there going to be a swim meet in Huntersville – and Raleigh, Greensboro, Marion, and New Bern. In addition to those great opportunities, there are a number of other sport invitationals going on this spring, just check them out on the left-hand side of this page with links to more information under “Mark Your Calendars,” as well as the sport web page. More events are added each week, so check this page and the sport pages regularly.

If you do not see a competition opportunity in your sport, and you are interested in hosting a scrimmage, invitational, or just want to invite another program to your practice, please contact the sport department to see what is involved. We promise, it is not as difficult as you think!

For coaches who have completed a sport training school and are wondering if their certifications are current, check the Coach Certification List updated every two weeks on the Coaches Education web page.

Appalachian State to host Volleyball Clinics for SONC Athletes

Updated 3/20/2017

Appalachian State University women’s volleyball team will host a clinic for Special Olympics North Carolina athletes on Saturday, April 22. Up to 50 athletes can register for this clinic. The registration deadline is April 11.

You can still join the athlete ambassador program

Updated 1/13/17

SONC often has opportunities for athletes to do things like attend Sheetz grand openings or join law enforcement at Tip-A-Cop events.  This opportunity has now been formalized into an athlete ambassador program.  Nearly 50 athletes have already signed up!  Read more in this program description and application.

The first chance to serve as an athlete ambassador will be with the Publix grocery store campaign in January.  Athletes can sign up now (fill out the application first and then sign up!).

UNC men’s basketball team hosted a great clinic!

Updated 2/24/17

We hope everyone had a great time and athletes learned some tips from the UNC players! View photos and watch a video about the clinic through the yearsIf you would like to send a thank you note to the UNC Basketball team and/or coaching staff:
Coach Roy Williams
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Men’s Basketball Office
PO Box 2126
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

Need to know where to buy supplies for your spring games?

SONC has put together a full list of vendors for common items from banners to portable PA’s to sports equipment.  And don’t forget that Will Enterprises is our primary vendor for T-shirts with prices around $3.50 per shirt.

Don’t miss this summer’s leadership conferences

Updated 1/13/17

SONC will once again hold a one day conference.  All local programs are required to be present.  This is also a great chance to bring your committee members out to learn more about how to enhance your program.

The east conference will be held at The Clayton Center on July 18.  The west conference will take place at Davidson College on July 20 – Special Olympics’ 49th birthday!  Mark your calendars!

View Master Calendar

Looking for competition opportunities for your athletes? Scroll down on this page to “Mark Your Calendars.” Information for the event is linked to each sport web page.

Mark Your Calendars

Equestrian Competitions

  • Mecklenburg County Equestrian Invitational – July 8, 2017
  • Save the date! SONC Equestrian Tournament, Raleigh – September 29-October 1, 2017

Tennis Competitions

  • Mecklenburg County Tennis Invitational – Charlotte – April 8, 2017 (registration) (flyer)

Volleyball Invitationals & Clinics

Basketball Clinics