Regionals and Invitationals

Special Olympics athletes from the southeast (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi) have an opportunity to compete on the Southeast Regional level in several different sports, giving them additional competition opportunities, along with opportunities to meet athletes from other states and build lifelong friendships.

Special Olympics North America offers national invitational sports competition opportunities in a variety of sports including: bowling, golf, softball and tennis. Special Olympics North Carolina athletes are selected for these opportunities to compete along with athletes from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Regional competitions hosted by Special Olympics North Carolina

Special Olympics North Carolina is proud to host two regional southeast competitions each year.

Competition will take place at Appalachian Ski Mountain February 4-6, 2018. Please refer to the schedule for more details. Athletes will be placed into events based on assessment from the ski/snowboard instructors, and will receive training on Sunday based on these assessments. Athletes competing in alpine skiing will be assigned one of five levels: black (advanced terrain), blue (intermediate terrain), green (novice terrain), and yellow (beginner/slight slope).  These levels may be further divided based on the ability of the athlete.

Athletes will then compete in time trials on Monday morning, and the time from that time trial will be used to place athletes into divisions (competitive divisions based on ability, age, and gender). After lunch on Monday, athletes will return to the snow for competition, and be awarded on their place of finish as each division finishes.

Spectator viewing areas are available on the large porch attached to the lodge, and on the 3rd floor in the Snow Cloud Room. Please note that during lunch time, the Snow Cloud room is used to serve lunch to the volunteers, redivision, and for delegations to gather for lunch. You may be asked to make room for these folks during the busy time.  Awards will be presented in the dining room annex, located on the same floor as the cafeteria. Spectators are welcome and encouraged!

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Special Notice from Appalachian Ski Mountain 

The 2018 Southeast U.S. Winter Games-Figure Skating will be held in Indian Trail, NC from February 2-3.


  • Comfort Inn Matthews/Charlotte (1718 Windsor Crossing Dr, Matthews, NC 28105)
  • Reference Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games for a rate of $79+tax
  • Programs are responsible for securing and payment of housing arrangements
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2018 Southeast Competitions

  • Southeast Powerlifting (Marietta, GA) – Jan. 12-14
  • Southeast Figure Skating (Indian Trail, NC) – Feb. 2-3
  • Southeast Alpine Skiing (Blowing Rock, NC) – Feb. 4-6
  • Southeast Speed Skating (Lynchburg, VA) – Mar. 24-25
  • Southeast Swim Meet (Greensboro, NC) – April 22

2018 Additional competition opportunities

  • Special Olympics Xperience Tennis Invitational (Charlottesville, VA) – January 11-13
  • Special Olympics USA National Unified Bowling Tournament (Syracuse, NY) – March 15-17
  • Cheer LTD Nationals at CANAM (Myrtle Beach, SC) – Mar. 16-18
  • Special Olympics Penn Relays (Philadelphia, PA) – April 27-29
  • Special Olympics North Carolina Lake Norman Sailing Invitational (Lake Norman, NC) – Sep. 7-9
  • Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Tournament – TBD