Summer Games

June 2-4, 2017

The Summer Games is the largest state-level event for Special Olympics North Carolina, featuring competition in aquatics, athletics, bowling, cheerleading, cycling, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball 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 will be held June 2-4, 2017.


Raleigh Parks and Recreation
Blaze Pizza
Saint Augustine’s
Southland Dairy Farms
Coca Cola

Summer Games Volunteers Thank You

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Summer Games will require the help of over 1,000 volunteers. Volunteer registration information will be updated as it becomes available. Groups can contact directly.

Are you out there recruiting volunteers?  Please let Michelle Bandklayder 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– send any suggested edits to You can also review general volunteer materials online.

2016 In Kind Donors

Cici’s Pizza
Coca Cola
eNeRGY Kidz
Raleigh Parks & Recreation
Sparkle & Shine
Spirit Xpress
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church & School
TBA Riggers
Two Men and a Truck
U.S. Foods
Waste Management
WB Porter

Summer Games Photos

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