SONC Local Program Updates

Torch Updates

Currently, the torch is being run across our state in preparation for Summer Games in Raleigh and Cary from June 2-4! There is a detailed schedule you can check online to see when law enforcement officers may be running in your community. Click here.

It’s important to have the Torch at your local Spring Games, so be sure to involve local law enforcement at this part of your day as well. If you don’t own a torch and still need one for your program, contact your Community Resource Director and they can get you set up – of course, please note that during the busy months of Spring Games and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, we will do our best to coordinate a torch either from our warehouse or a neighboring county, but we can’t make any guarantees about the availability of a torch. You can also look into purchasing a torch through MTM Recognition for around $200.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

Check-out the current list of registered Unified Champion Schools by county here.  Not seeing your school(s) on the list?  Email to get started before the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Regional Updates and Summer Games Preview Webinar

Thank you to all that tuned in on Thursday for the Regional updates and Summer Games preview webinar. This webinar was recorded, and links are posted below. Due to some technical difficulties, we had to split them out. Click the link below to watch/listen and either catch up on what you missed or hear it again!

Summer Games Preview
Community Resource Updates – posted soon!
Unified Champion Schools Updates – posted soon!

Got a drone hovering over your spring games?

Special Olympics North Carolina, which of course includes all local programs, is now covered through our corporate insurance for non-owned unmanned aircraft – also known as drones.  There is now a policy in place to protect programs from third-party claims of bodily injury or property damage arising from the use of a drone at Special Olympics events only.  There are specific requirements for the drone operator in order for this to be in place.  If you have someone offering to have a drone at your event, please let your community resource director know so all requirements can be reviewed and all appropriate arrangements made.

Using GMS can make games management a breeze!

Games Management Software (GMS) will make your life easier!  Several local programs are now using GMS to manage all of the information for their spring games and they are seeing the many tools that it can provide and the incredible amount of time it can save you.  If you have not yet gotten a copy of GMS along with a full list of the athletes we already have in our system for your local program, contact Curt Barts.  Additionally, if you have been using GMS for an extended amount of time, check in with Curt to get the latest version of GMS.  Several updates have been made.

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.

W-9 Forms now required for all vendors

Effective immediately due to heightened IRS regulations, we can no longer issue payment to any vendors until we have a W-9 form on file for that vendor.  Anyone you are wanting to have a business transaction with either by using credit cards or having us issue payment must give us a W-9 before they can be given our credit card number or have a payment issued.

W-9 forms are fairly common requests of businesses so they have their own copies ready to submit.  We issue SONC’s all the time to vendors and sponsors.  Thanks for working with us on this extra step so we can comply with the federal government!

Lots of spring/summer sports information is due

Updated 4/12/17

Training rosters for summer sports were due Tuesday, April 11.  It is now time to finish rounding up the necessary forms for those individuals (athlete participation, volunteer screening and Unified Partner) and submit them to or via fax 919-719-7663.

These forms along with requests for Summer Games quota slots are due by April 25.  You can now submit your online request for Summer Games slots.  Remember that attendance at Summer Games is not guaranteed: educate all of your participants now and make plans to celebrate a great training season for all locally!  And if you have not yet taken advantage of some of the competition opportunities through invitationals, check out the list on this page.

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.

Spring games are here – get some last minute tips!

Updated 4/6/17

  • 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
  • How to Delegate:  Webinar Recording

Need Ribbons for Your Invitationals?

Updated 4/3/17

If you are hosting a sport invitational this spring and need ribbons, please request them using this handy-dandy form! SONC sport staff will do its best to accommodate your needs, and any funds will be pulled from pooled accounts (if needed).

Officiate at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle

Updated 4/11/17

Applications are now being taken for officials/referees/judges for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games that will take place in Seattle, WA July 1-7.  This is the initial step in the process, and all applications must be submitted through this online form with a deadline of May 31, 2017.

Team North Carolina USA Games Coach Application

Updated 4/27/17

We are currently seeking coaches to accompany Team North Carolina to the Special Olympics USA Games during the week of July 1-6, 2018 in Seattle, WA!  We are looking for coaches in the following sports: athletics, bocce, bowling, golf, artistic gymnastics, swimming, powerlifting, and tennis. We will be accepting the first round of applications until July 28, 2017. If you are interested, please fill out this online application. Thank you for all you do for the athletes here in North Carolina!



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.

Leadership Conference Dates

Eastern NC: July 18th at the Clayton Center

Western NC: July 20th at Davidson College

Please remember that all Local Program Coordinators must attend or send someone in their absence to represent their program!

GMT Overview

Do you have a great games management team (GMT) helping you with events? Check out this overview of GMT roles to see what positions you should ideally have to run a successful event.

Spring Games GMT Positions

Sport Training Schools & Clinics

Mark Your Calendars

Equestrian Competitions

Swimming Invitationals

Registration information for these events can be found on the swimming sport page under “Competition Opportunities.”