Game On: Learn about the divisioning process that differentiates Special Olympics from other sport organizations.

Individual Performance Competition is available for athletes just starting out in cheerleading, or for programs without adequate numbers to form a team. Athletes have two and on-half minutes to complete a routine, and music is allowed.

Team Competition is offered in the traditional and Unified Sports models in four different categories. Criteria and restrictions for each category are found within the SONC Cheerleading Rules. All categories allow (but do not require) music, and teams have two and one-half minutes to complete their routine.

Always communicate with your local coordinator if you are interested in submitting registration for an event.

Cheerleading Tournament/Invitational Registration Forms

  • Cheerleading Individual Performance Registration Form
  • Cheerleading Team Registration Form

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Cheerleading Tournament registration.  Click here for a full list of Cheerleading Tournament registration forms. These forms will be available closer to the event date.

SONC Cheerleading Tournament will be held March 2020 in Mocksville.

Many Special Olympics North Carolina cheerleading teams compete in local non-Special Olympics cheerleading competitions, and we encourage this participation! Teams are welcome to ask their competition management if they can be scored on the SONC scoresheet in order to help them prepare for state-level competition.

Cheer LTD Nationals at CANAM – this is a non-Special Olympics event, but many teams from SONC participate in the Special Needs division.


Athletes and partners also have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in various local invitationals. Check the cheerleading sport calendar for upcoming invitationals being hosted by local programs.

Local programs are also encouraged to host and invite neighboring counties to participate in invitationals, scrimmages, or leagues.  Click here for some basic steps on how to get started.  If you are interested in hosting an invitational you can also contact the sports department at

About Cheerleading: Cheerleading used to be a stand-alone event before joining Summer Games.

Differences of Special Olympics North Carolina Cheerleading:

History: Special Olympics North Carolina first offered Cheerleading in 2006.

By the Numbers: 

Sport Development Teams (SDT) are responsible for assisting with local and state-level programs and competition, educating coaches and officials, and promoting active engagement among athletes throughout the year.  Click here for more information.

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Certified Clinicians receive additional training in presentational skills to conduct training schools in their community.  In order to become a Certified Clinician one must have a Special Olympics North Carolina level 2 sport certification in this sport.

For more information on becoming an SDT member or a Certified Clinician, contact

Find out if this sport is offered in your community

Become an athlete or unified partner

Special Olympics North Carolina offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Learn more on how to become an athlete.

Become a Unified partner and play on a team alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Become a Coach

Combine knowledge and passion for a sport by becoming a Special Olympics North Carolina coach to lead athletes in preparing for local and state-level competition.

Become a Volunteer

Serve a crucial role at Special Olympics North Carolina by volunteering at our office or one of our many events throughout the year. Check out our home page for these volunteer opportunities.

Share Your Sport Knowledge

Officiate for Special Olympics North Carolina by donating your time as a sports official.  Contact for more information.

Sport Development Team members (SDT) are active volunteers who channel their passion and knowledge for a sport into effective leadership for local and state programs.  

Certified clinicians supplement the SDT by providing coaches training in their community.  Click here for trainers.

For more information on getting involved, contact