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!

2018 SONA Tennis Championship

 Updated 6/12/2018

The 2018 Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship will be held October 18-21, 2018.  This event will be held at the Van der Meer Tennis Center in the Shipyard Plantation on Hilton Head Island.  Click here to request quota to attend the event.  All quota requests must be submitted by Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

50th Anniversary Coins Now Available

Updated 6/11/2018

Many of you have seen (and bought) this beautiful 50th anniversary Special Olympics North Carolina commemorative coin at Summer Games. These will be available at state-level events throughout the year, but for a limited time, you may order them online here! Each coin costs $10. Buy one now before they’re gone! The form will be available until June 29th.

State-level event dates are set for the 2018-2019 program year

Updated 6/14/2018

Mark your calendars!

Equestrian Tournament – September 28-30, 2018 in Raleigh
Fall Tournament – Nov. 9-11, 2018 in the Charlotte area
SONC Winter Games – January 6-7, 2019 in Boone/Blowing Rock
Southeast Winter Games- February 3-5, 2019 in Boone/Blowing Rock
Summer Games – May 31-June 2, 2019 in the Raleigh area


Are you heading to Chicago?

Updated 6/14/2018

We have started getting more and more detail about the celebration in Chicago. As a result, many of you may be deciding for sure if you are planning on attending the international celebration of the Special Olympics movement.

SONC is not in a position to create a full travel package for those interested in going to Chicago but we are committed to connecting those of you who plan to go to Chicago and facilitating communications for you all to arrange ride-sharing/roommates, etc. to help reduce costs. At minimum, it will be nice to know who else is in Chicago from NC!

So the first step is to find out who is planning on going to Chicago.  Complete this quick online form to let us know your plans!

The most immediate update we have received is that concert tickets for the concert planned for Saturday, July 21, go on sale online at 1pm on Thursday, June 14.

Visit the 50th anniversary website to see all details.

Summer Games Feedback Needed

Updated 6/4/2018

Yet another Summer Games come and gone!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  A big part of the success for any event is to listen to feedback so we can work to make events even better.  We hope you will take a few minutes to complete this brief online evaluation to share your thoughts with us.  Please feel free to share this link with all families and athletes to complete as well.

Thank you for spending the weekend with us!

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!

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.

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.

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 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:

Natalie Little – Davidson County

And thank you for your efforts to our outgoing Local Program Coordinators:

Mary Ann Brown – Davidson County

Local Program Event Planning Resources

Here are some links to videos and webinars to help you plan your Spring Games, fall events, and beyond. 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

Check back soon!

Competition Dates


June 23, 2018- Wayne County Bocce Scrimmages
–  Registration is due by, Tuesday, June 12, 2018