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Summer Games

June 1-3, 2018

The Summer Games is the largest state-level event for Special Olympics North Carolina, featuring competition in athletics, bowling, cheerleading, cycling, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, swimming and volleyball.

Raleigh has hosted the SONC Summer Games since 1994.  Bowling, cheerleading and cycling were new additions to Summer Games in 2016.

“These games are more than a sports competition; they are a looking glass, an example to everyone around the world of how people with intellectual disabilities can and should be included in all aspects of their communities.” Read more from Tim Shriver about how important Summer Games are to the Special Olympics movement.

The 2017 SONC Summer Games was held June 2-4, 2017.

Athletics competition includes events like the 100 M Run and the Long Jump.  Competition location: St. Augustine’s University at 1315 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Track and Field schedule – coming soon

Learn more about our Athletics Program

Spectator Information

Seating is available for spectators and teams in the main stands and the visitor stands at the facility.  For the safety of the athletes and volunteers, spectators are not allowed in the fenced areas. Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale both Saturday and Sunday along with limited concessions.

Singles and Ramp competition at Buffaloe Lanes Cary at 151 High House Rd, Cary, NC.

Competition Information

Singles and Ramp competition happen in two shifts, a morning and an afternoon session depending on numbers and division.  All athletes play two games each day of competition.  Final scores will be based on the total score of all four games.

Bowling schedule – Coming soon

Learn more about our Bowling Program

Spectator Information

Please be respectful of the space each delegation “reserves” during competition.  Please do not take up any space you do not need.  Please note seating is limited in the bowling center.  You may have to stand in order to see your athletes compete. Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale all day Saturday at the venue.  Concessions available both days.

Doubles, Unified Doubles, Team, and Unified Team at Buffaloe Lanes North at 5900 Oak Forest Dr, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Doubles and Unified Doubles bowl three games each day.  Final scores based on the total score of all six games.  Team and Unified team bowl seven games each day.  Final scores based on the total score of all fourteen games.  Doubles and team bowl using the Baker System Format.  In the Baker System, team members take turns bowling frames within one game (as opposed to bowlers bowling separate games). Each bowler bowls one frame at a time.

Bowling schedule – Coming soon

Learn more about our Bowling Program

Spectator Information

Spectators are not allowed into the competition area.  Please note seating is limited in the bowling center.  You may have to stand in order to see your athletes compete.  If you are not able to park in the main lot you will directed to park in another lot just a short distance from the venue.   Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale all day Saturday at the venue. Concession available on both days.

Cheerleading location: William Peace University at 12 East Peace St, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Athletes compete in individual performance, traditional team (all Special Olympics athletes), or Unified team (equal number Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners). Depending on the level of the team, they perform a routine that may include dance, partner stunts, and/or tumbling.

Cheerleading schedule – Coming soon

Learn more about our Cheerleading Program

Spectator Information

There is limited seating at the venue.  In order to ensure a pleasant experience for all, teams and spectators are limited to the session in which that team is competing.   For the safety of the athletes, no flash photography is allowed.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale at the venue on Saturday.  Please display good sportsmanship at all times.  While we do not have concessions onsite, there are a number of quick service restaurants that are close by.  Plenty of parking is available in a large parking lot behind the gym.  It may require a short walk to the gym.

Cycling location: North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center at 380 East Tryon Rd in Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Cycling Friday time trial and bike check – Coming soon

Learn more about our Cycling Program

Spectator Information

There is plenty of room to spread out in the designated tent area beside the spectator seating area on the outside of the track. However, no one is permitted beyond the flagging or on the course at any time.  There is no shade available at this venue.  Please be prepared by bringing chairs and pop-up tents, you are also welcome to bring coolers and snacks.  Bring binoculars if you would like to follow your athlete on the race course.  Parking for teams and spectators is available at the venue.  Please do not park on the road leading to the entrance. Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale all day Saturday at the venue.  Limited concessions available on Saturday and Sunday.

Gymnastics location: Sonshine Gymnastics at 151 Thomas Mill Rd in Holly Springs, NC.

Please be sure to follow the Special Olympics directional arrows to the venue and take NC-55 to Green Oaks Parkway to get to Sonshine Gymnastics.  This is the route suggested by Sonshine to avoid having to make any u-turns to reach the venue.

Competition Information

Rhythmic gymnastics are featured alongside men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics.  Rhythmic gymnasts perform various routines with a ball, hoop, ribbon, rope depending on their level.  Artistic gymnasts perform routines on traditional apparatus such as uneven bars, floor exercise, balance beam, rings, etc. depending on their level and gender.

Gymnastics athletes – Coming soon

Learn more about our Gymnastics Program

Spectator Information

There will be room in the stands to watch athletes compete.  Please do not take up any room you do not need.  For the safety of the athletes, no flash photography will be allowed.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs and limited concessions will be on sale at the venue all day Saturday.  There is plenty of parking at the venue.  Overflow parking is available on the road.  Please do not park at the building across the street as your car will be towed.

Opening Ceremony is held on Friday, June 1st at NC State University’s newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

Spectator Information

Fans are welcome and encouraged to attend Opening Ceremony. Doors will open for spectators at 6:30 pm. Parking will be available in Coliseum Deck which can be reached from Pullen Road.

Powerlifting location: NCSU Witherspoon Student Center Cinema at 2810 Cates Avenue in Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Athletes compete in three lifts: Squat, bench press, and deadlift.  Athletes compete in all lifts in one day. Based on the athlete’s weight on check-in on Friday, athletes are divisioned by weight class and gender.  Typically, athletes in lighter weight classes and female lifters compete on Saturday.  The heavier weight classes typically compete on Sunday.

Powerlifting Flights – Coming soon

Learn more about our Powerlifting Program

Spectator Information

There is plenty of seating in Witherspoon.  For the safety of the athletes, no flash photography is allowed.  Competition is streamed live over the internet on Saturday and Sunday.  Awards are presented in a large room on the second floor.  This room can be accessed by elevator in the main hallway. Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale all day Saturday at the venue.  Talley Student Union is just down Cates Ave where there are a number of food vendors including Starbucks.

Softball Team competition is held at Buffalo Road Park on Fields 1-3 and 4&5 at 5812 Buffaloe Rd, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Teams play on Friday to determine preliminary competition.  On Saturday, teams play a round robin competition and placed in final divisions.  Final placement of teams are based on games played on Sunday.

Learn more about our Softball Program

Spectator Information

Parents and spectators should be courteous to other teams, coaches, and the officials.  This is a large venue and two sets of fields are separated by very large space.  Check in with the venue welcome team upon arrival,  they will direct you to the best place to park.  You are welcome to bring your own shade tents to set up on the grass areas near the field.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs and limited concessions will be on sale at the venue all day Saturday.

Softball Skills held at Lions Park at 516 Dennis Avenue, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Learn more about our Softball Program

Spectator Information

There are two entrances into Lion’s Park and primary parking is on the Community Center side of the park.  The fields are numbers 1-3 starting at the Community Center and going counter-clockwise.  Field numbers are placed at each field, and signs are posted showing the directions to each field.  For the safety of all athletes and volunteers, no spectators or coaches are permitted on the fields.  There is plenty of space to spread out alongside the fences to see your athletes compete.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs and limited concessions are on sale all day Saturday at the venue.

Swimming location: Triangle Aquatic Center at 275 Convention Drive in Cary, NC.

Competition Information

Athletes compete in various strokes and distances.  Relay teams compete on both days.  Times on Saturday are used to place the teams in their final divisions on Sunday.  All other swimmers are competing in final divisions. Athletes in developmental events compete on Saturday afternoon.

Learn more about our Swimming Program

Spectator Information

Delegations are assigned seated areas and rows to help competition volunteers locate athletes as needed.  Please be considerate of others with the limited seating available.

  • Local programs are encouraged to bring seats and tents to sit outside in front of the building to reduce congestion.
  • Delegations with wheelchairs have been placed on the deck. Families are allowed to sit with those delegations but are not allowed near the competition area.
  • The first row of stands only is reserved for photo opportunities. As soon as pictures are taken, please move out of this row.
  • To view the awards presentations exit the spectator seating through the front entrance and follow the building to the right.
  • Parking at the facility is very limited.  Park in the mall parking lot adjacent to the facility.

Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs and limited concessions are on sale at the venue on both Saturday and Sunday.

Volleyball Traditional, Unified, Modified Team are held at Triangle Volleyball Club at 9301 Globe Center Dr # 140, Morrisville, NC 27560.

Competition Information

Traditional team consists of all Special Olympics athletes.  Unified teams consist of Special Olympics athletes and individuals without an intellectual disability called Unified Partners.  Modified teams use a larger yellow volleyball and the service line is moved up to accommodate those moving from skills to team.

Learn more about our Volleyball Program

Spectator Information

Spectator seating is very limited.  Awards are located inside on the courts on Sunday after each deciding game.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale all day Saturday at the venue.

Volleyball Skills location: Triangle Volleyball Club at 9301 Globe Center Dr # 140, Morrisville, NC 27560

Competition Information

Skills competition include overhead passing, serving, and passing. Modified volleyballs are used for individual skills.  The athletes final score is determined by adding together the scores achieved in the three events.

Learn more about our Volleyball Program

Spectator Information

Skills competition take place on courts 5 and 6. Spectator seating is very limited.  Awards will be located on court 7 on Saturday.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale in the main gym all day Saturday at the venue.

Sponsors

 
Raleigh Parks and Recreation
Civitan
 
 
Erie Insurance – SG 5k
Southland Dairy Farms
Sheetz
 

 
McMillan Pate Summer Games
Results Physiotheraphy
 
 
Academy Sports
Relias Learning
 

Summer Games Volunteers

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Summer Games will require the help of over 1,000 volunteers. Volunteer registration is now open; click here to sign up. Groups can contact volunteers@sonc.net directly.

Are you out there recruiting volunteers?  Please let volunteers@sonc.net know if you are talking to any individuals or groups about volunteering. Remember that medical is always a tough spot to fill!

View the available job descriptions. You can also review general volunteer materials online.

2017 In Kind Donors

Cary Rotary Club
Cici’s Pizza
Civitans
Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated
N.C. DOT
North Raleigh Presbyterian Church
Raleigh Parks & Recreation
Sheetz
Sonshine Gymnastics
U.S. Foods
Waste Management
WB Porter
Zaxby’s

Family Information

Families are invited to attend the President’s Dinner on Friday (6/1), as well as all competition and the dance on Saturday night (6/2).

Special Olympics has worked with local hotels to provide room options with favorable rates for families coming in from out of the area. The following hotels have courtesy blocks set up for our families. Use the provided links to book your rooms online or call the hotels directly, but remember to let them know you are with Special Olympics NC to get the best rate!

Wingate By Wyndham State Arena Raleigh/Cary (919) 809-8660

Holiday Inn Raleigh – Crabtree Valley Mall (919) 782-8600

2018 Family Letter
2018 SONC Summer Games Family Dinner Registration

Summer Games Photos

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View Summer Games photos from our most recent event and past years.