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

Competition is offered in four categories:

  • Men’s Artistic Events (floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar)
  • Women’s Artistic Events (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise)
  • Artistic Levels A & B (vault, single bar, wide beam, floor exercise). Artistic Levels A & B are co-ed competitions geared towards athletes who are just starting gymnastics, or are more successful at the fundamentals of gymnastics skills.
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics (ball, hoop, ribbon, clubs, rope)

Athletes may compete in all events offered (All Around) or may be Specialists, competing in one, two, or more events (but not all events).

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

Summer Games/Invitational Registration Forms

  • Gymnastics Registration Form

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

SONC Summer Games will be held May 29-31, 2020 in Raleigh.

USA Gymnastics and Special Olympics, Inc. have partnered to offer the USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships held each year in Georgia in early May. Details regarding this event will be made available at a later date.


Athletes and partners also have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in various local invitationals. Check the gymnastics 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 Gymnastics: Athlete participation has grown in recent years, and this sport continues to be a staple of Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games. 

Differences of Special Olympics North Carolina Gymnastics:  

History: Special Olympics North Carolina began offering gymnastics competition in 1986. 

By the Numbers:   

  • Six athletes from Special Olympics North Carolina attended the 1991 International Summer Special Olympics Games in Minneapolis, MN. 
  • Gymnastics was the first Special Olympics North Carolina sport to offer weekend training camps in 1991 just for coaches. 

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.

Mike Blouin

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