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!

Summer Games Preparation and Next Steps

Updated 4/16/2018

We hope that all Training Rosters have now been submitted. The deadline for submission was April 10th, but we realize many of you were on Spring Break! If you are still working on sending in training rosters, please reach out to Donna Watson to let her know what is missing and when to expect it. The next steps after Training Rosters are forms (athlete participation forms, Unified Partner forms, and volunteer screening forms) and requesting quota slots to attend the state-level Summer Games (via this online request form). The deadline to submit all forms and your quota request is April 24th. 

Who will represent North Carolina in Abu Dhabi?

Updated 4/16/2018

We will know soon!  The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in Abu Dhabi in March of next year.  The sport slots will be finalized after Summer Games and athletes will be selected based on results from events this summer.  Stay tuned!

Next Power Hours tomorrow!

Updated 4/16/2018

You asked, we listened! Melanie and Lauren, your Community Resource Directors, will be available on a conference line for a Power Hour each month. 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:

  • 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.

Don’t forget: 2018 SONC/UNC Volleyball Clinic 

Updated 4/16/2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill women’s volleyball team will be hosting their annual SONC/UNC Volleyball Clinic on Sunday, April 29th on the UNC Campus. Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th, is the last day to sign up.  Please click here to register!

Volunteer Request Form now available 

Updated 4/16/2018

Do you have a need for volunteers?

SONC Volunteer Engagement Director Kathy Langfield has created a form for submitting volunteer match postings. You may have heard of Volunteer Match; this site is a great way to recruit new volunteers – usually people who are new to the SONC and searching online for volunteer opportunities.  It’s effective for very specific roles (such as committee members). The form is most effective for longer term roles rather than one day events, however, with enough notice we can place the one day events on there too. All you have to do is fill out the SONC Volunteer Match Request Form with your need, and Kathy will post this information on Volunteer Match. Once the potential volunteer responds to the posting, that information will be forwarded to the Local Coordinator or appropriate party.

Spring sport activity blooming throughout the state

Updated 4/16/2018

Spring Games season has arrived. Congratulations to all that have completed their games, and good luck to those on their upcoming games! More details regarding dates, locations, and times for Spring Games can be found here.

Local programs are off to an amazing start with competitions in 2018! Athletics, softball, swimming, and volleyball invitationals are happening over the next couple of months in Orange, Craven and Cumberland counties.  Scroll down to see additional opportunities as well as event details.

Fall Tournament 2018 Dates

Updated 4/6/2018

We are excited to announce that Fall Tournament will once again take place in Charlotte this November! The competition dates will be November 9-11. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Summer Games Preview Webinar Now Available

Updated 4/2/2018

In case you missed last week’s webinar, you can now view the Summer Games Preview here. This video will give you an overview of our largest state-level competition, including registration, housing, event schedules, and more. This is a great resource for first-time or veteran HODs, coaches, chaperones, and coordinators.

Watch the 2018 Spring Program Updates webinar here.

New fundraising opportunities will raise valuable funds for the next 50 years

Updated 3/28/2018

The 50th anniversary is an excellent time to bring new people and funds into the movement. There are multiple fundraising programs happening throughout the state that you should be aware of!

  • LETR $50 for 50: Torch Run officers will pledge at least $50 in order to run in their Torch Run relay leg.  Participating law enforcement agencies who raise $2,000 or more from runner pledges for their relay will receive a Special Olympics 50th Anniversary commemorative torch for their agency. This fundraiser has the standard 15% revenue share with local programs.
  • Commemorative Coin and Pin: This collaboration with SOI allows individiuals to donate $50 and receive their choice of a limited-edition 50th anniversary gold coin or gold pin. This program has a 50-50 revenue share between SONC and SOI. 
  • Local program pledge sheet: athletes, youth leaders and volunteers can use the attached pledge sheet to collect donations in honor of the 50th anniversary. All of this money stays in the local program.

Don’t forget: nominate 2018 state-level award winners now

Updated 4/5/2018

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.

50th anniversary call to action – help celebrate Special Olympics’ anniversary

Updated 4/16/2018

Light up your town for inclusion: On July 20, 2018, buildings around the world will light up red for inclusion and North Carolina wants to join in! We are actively brainstorming buildings with local significance that will turn exterior lights red in honor of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary. If you have a building or local landmark in your community that would be a good fit, please send Rachel McQuiston an email with building details, including name, location and contact information.

Check out the 50th anniversary website: The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary website will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

Share the artistic talents of your athletes: If you have any budding artists in your local program, please encourage them to submit 50th anniversary themed artwork to SONC.  It can be mailed to 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste. 201, Morrisville, NC  27520.

Kohl’s Stores Volunteer Opportunities

Updated 3/12/2018

If you have a Kohl’s store near you, did you know they may volunteer at your local program? It’s true! They are perfect volunteers for your Spring Games, local competitions, or fundraising events. If a minimum of 5 volunteers come out, there is the opportunity to receive funding from Kohl’s (SONC will coordinate distributing these). Below is the simple process for recruiting Kohl’s volunteers for local program events:

  1. Complete the Kohl’s Volunteers Request Form; this request will go to SONC staff who will then post it on the official Kohl’s web site.
  2. Once the form is received the request will be posted within 3-5 business days and an email will be sent letting the requester know that it’s posted.
  3. Call your local Kohl’s stores to get the store manager or appropriate staff member to encourage folks to sign up.
  4. Responses sent to SONC will be forwarded to the requester to make sure you’re reaching all employees.

If you have any questions on this process, please email Kathy Langfield, Volunteer Engagement Director.

View Master Calendar

Looking for competition opportunities?

Scroll down to the section called “Mark Your Calendars.” Information for the event is linked to each sport webpage.

50th Anniversary Resources

The entire Special Olympics movement is celebrating 50 years of empowerment throughout 2018! Resources to promote awareness of the 50th anniversary are found in the resource library. Information on the 50th anniversary celebration in Chicago is also in the resource library.

Coach Training Schools

Equestrian Training School Registration

Equestrian training school registration is now live! The cost to attend is $10 per coach, for which the local program may pay.

Equestrian Training School Dates:

  • June 9th – Charlotte, NC
  • June 23rd – Lexington, NC
  • July 14th – Jacksonville, NC
  • July 22nd – Clover, SC
  • August 4th – Rougemont, NC

Attended a Training School recently? Please take this short survey!

Need Help Recruiting Volunteers?

If you are in need of volunteers or new committee members, please reach out to Kathy Langfield, SONC Volunteer Engagement Director, to discuss your needs and how she can provide assistance. She also offers assistance recruiting volunteers from Kohl’s via this  Volunteer Request Form.

Volunteer committee job descriptions have also been posted on our Resource Library under the “2017 Leadership Conference” tab.

Coordinator Updates

Welcome to our newest Local Coordinators:

Felisha Daniels – Washington County
Mitzi Britt – Stokes County

Spring Games Resources

Here are some links to videos and webinars to help you plan your Spring Games. You can always reach out to if you have questions, concerns, or need help as you plan. Our Resource Library also has many great planning materials available.

A quick guide to divisioning – don’t forget that GMS will do the work for you! Join us on easy street!

Event extras

Incorporating the 50th Anniversary into your Spring Games (and other cool enhancements!)

Recruiting volunteers

Creating a Spring Games committee

Young Athletes at Spring Games

Mark Your Calendars

Clinic Opportunities


April 29, 2018 – SONC/UNC Volleyball Clinic Registration
– Registration is due by Tuesday, April 17. 2018

Competition Dates


April 28, 2018 – Orange County Athletics Invitational


TBD – Caswell Center Bocce Invitational


May 4, 2018 – Dare County Bowling Invitational
– Registration is due by, Friday, April 27, 2018

May 20, 2018 – Gaston County Bowling Invitational
– Registration is due by Friday, April 13, 2018


April 22, 2018 – U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational

April 28, 2018 – Western Swimming Invitational

May 19, 2018 – Durham County Swimming Invitational


May 19, 2018- Cumberland County Volleyball Invitational