SONC Local Program Updates

Global Messenger Training Set for August!

Updated 6/16/2017

We will hold our 2017 Global Messenger training August 18-19 in Morrisville and the application is now available. Please feel free to share with anyone who you feel would be a good fit for the training and the role. This is a great opportunity for athletes to train to be spokespersons for Special Olympics. You can read more about Global Messengers on the SONC Web site.

State Level Award Nominations are Live

Updated 6/16/2017

If you know someone doing a phenomenal job for your local program, you can nominate them for an award! Categories range from Family of the Year to Business and Volunteer of the Year. Please use this link to nominate someone. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 31 2017.

Leadership Conference Registration is now Live

Updated 6/16/2017

The registration form for Leadership Conference is now active! The form has been sent out to all Local Program Coordinators to share with their committee members and volunteers. Please remember that your program must be represented either by the coordinator or a member of the committee. You may also send additional representatives for $35/person. Conference dates are July 18 at the Clayton Center (East) and July 20 at Davidson College (West). Please reach out to your Community Resource Director to ask any questions.

Varsity University Cheerleading Conference Open to Special Olympics NC Cheer Coaches!

Updated 6/16/17

SONC has partnered with the North Carolina Cheerleading Coaches Association (NCCCA) to open their annual conference to Special Olympics North Carolina cheerleading coaches.  The conference will be held in Greensboro July 18-19.

Attendees will be able to participate in regular sessions, as well as any Special Olympics North Carolina cheerleading sessions. The Special Olympics NC rate is $40 per person (non-SONC rate is $150!), and includes SONC training materials, lunch, as well as access to all the sessions. This will count as initial sports certification or recertification.  Arrangements can be made with your community resource director to pull funds from pooled banking to cover expenses.

To register, contact Brandi Allen at

Varsity University Flyer

How was Summer Games?

Updated 6/9/17

If you have not already shared feedback on your Summer Games experience, you are invited to complete this brief online evaluation.  Thank you for being a part of the event!

Help SONC Improve Athlete Health

Updated 6/9/17

SONC has some tremendous health partners dedicated to improving the health of the athletes.  Many of you saw an example of this with the health screenings offered at Summer Games where an incredible 664 screenings were conducted.

Heather Mountz, a Public Health Leadership graduate student at the University of North Carolina, is another health partner working with SONC.  To assist Heather with her work, all coordinators are asked to complete this brief health survey.  It is actually based on activities offered outside of Special Olympics. Please complete the survey by July 21.

If you have any questions about the survey, Heather can be reached via email.

Special Olympics Founder to be Honored at The 2017 ESPYS on ABC!

Updated 6/9/2017

Nearly 50 years ago, Eunice Kennedy Shriver began an inclusion revolution and now, will be honored at the 2017 ESPYs.  The ESPYs are the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly awards previously presented by ESPN and now by ABC.  Mrs. Shriver will be presented with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  She was a tireless advocate and innovator, and always put the needs and rights of our athletes first and we know she would accept this award on behalf of our athletes, their families, and those that support them.

You can read more about this award here and tune into the ESPYs on July 12th on ABC. Be sure to watch live and include #EKS, #ESPYS2017, and @ChangeTheGame in your social media posts!

Financial Reports are Out!

Updated 6/9/17

SONC has just received the final audited 2016 summary of investment amounts for those programs with surplus funds invested. These documents along with the April pooled statements have been sent to Local Coordinators, so please be sure to check your inbox for this information, and reach out to your Community Resource Director if you do not have it.  The 2016 audited summary of pooled bank accounts will be sent out soon.

We have also included some local committee finance chairs in these communications.  If your local committee has a finance chair, please let your Community Resource Director know so we can make note of their role and include them in emails relating to finance.



Location and dates announced for Fall Tournament

Updated 5/15/17

Planning is already underway for the 2017 Fall Tournament.

The SONC Fall Tournament, which features state level competition in basketball (skills and 5-on-5 team play in 2017), bocce, golf, roller skating, soccer, and tennis, will be held in Charlotte November 3-5, 2017.   Over 1,000 athletes will have the chance to show their competitive best during the weekend.

Currently SONC staff and volunteers are making final decisions about competition venues and hotels that will be used, including the site of the opening ceremonies on Friday night, November 3 and the Olympic Festival & dance to be held Saturday night, November 4.

Long-time Special Olympics veteran volunteer, Elizabeth Knightly, has accepted the volunteer role of serving as the Fall Tournament Director.  In this role, she will serve as a key liaison among SONC staff, the Games Management Team, and others from the Charlotte community who will have a role in making the event a success.  Knightly is an audit manager with the strategy and operations group at Wells Fargo in Charlotte.

“It’s great to return to Charlotte with one of our major state level events,” says Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. “Many of our Charlotte-based civic and corporate partners have indicated their excitement about the event saying they are ready to help us make this an outstanding experience for all the participating Special Olympics athletes.”


Do you know your Unified Champion Schools?

Updated 5/4/17

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.

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.

2018 USA Games – Coaches Needed!

We are so excited for USA Games in Seattle next year! Games will take place July 1-6 in Seattle, WA. Stay tuned as we announce more information. You can check out our USA Games web page.

We are currently seeking coaches to accompany Team North Carolina! 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.

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!

Sport Training Schools & Clinics

Coach Training Schools for Winter Sports

Equestrian Training Schools

Mark Your Calendars

Equestrian Competitions