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.
Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday competition 9am – 3pm.
- Sunday competition 9am – 2pm.
- Awards are at the conclusion of each division.
Track and Field schedule
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.
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.
- First session of competition 10am – 12pm.
- Second session of competition 1pm – 3pm.
- First session of competition 9am – 11am. Awards presented immediately following competition.
- Second session of competition 12pm – 2pm. Awards presented immediately following competition.
Summer Games Bowling General Schedule
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.
Doubles and Unified Doubles bowl four games each day. Final scores based on the total score of all eight games. Team and Unified team bowl five games each day. Final scores based on the total score of all ten 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.
- Team and Unified Team competition 10am – 12pm.
- Doubles and Unified Doubles competition 1pm – 3pm.
- Team and Unified Team competition 9am – 11am. Awards presented immediately following competition.
- Doubles and Unified Doubles competition 12pm – 2pm. Awards presented immediately following competition.
Summer Games Bowling General Schedule
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.
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.
- Competition 9am – 3:30pm.
- Competition scheduled into two separate sessions. Awards presented at the conclusion of each session.
Cheerleading Competition Schedule
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.
The 5k road race and the 500 meter time trial take place on Friday. This will be to place athletes in their final divisions for competition. Races range in distances from 500 meter time trial to the 40k road race.
- Divisioning from 1pm – 4pm
- Competition from 9am – 3pm.
- Awards begin at 10:15am.
- Summer Games Cycling Program
- Athlete Events by Delegation
- Competition from 8:30am – 2pm.
- Awards begin at 9:45am and follow the conclusion of each division.
Cycling Friday Time Trial and Bike Check
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.
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.
- Rhythmic and Men’s Artistic competition begin at 9am.
- Level A/B and Women’s Artistic begin at 11am.
- Competition and awards conclude around 2:45pm.
- Awards follow the conclusion of each event.
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 Ceremonies are held on Friday, June 2nd at NC State University’s newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum at 7:30 pm. View the Opening Ceremonies program.
Fans are welcome and encouraged to attend Opening Ceremonies. 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.
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.
2017 Summer Games Powerlifting Flights
- Competition from 9am – 3pm.
- Awards presented at the conclusion of each session.
- Competition from 9am – 2pm.
- Awards presented at the conclusion of each session.
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.
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.
- Divisioning competition from 1pm – 5pm.
- Team Friday divisioning Schedule
- Competition from 8am – 5pm.
- Competition from 8am – 3pm.
- Awards are held after each deciding game.
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.
Athletes compete in preliminary competition on Saturday and are placed into final divisions on Sunday. The athletes are scored on a base race, hitting, fielding, and throwing.
- Morning competition from 9:30am – 11:30am.
- Afternoon competition from 12pm – 2pm.
- Competition begins at 9:30am.
- Field 1 competition begins at 9:30am
- Field 2 competition begins at 9:45am
- Field 3 competition begins at at 10am.
- Awards presented as each division finishes.
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.
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.
Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday competition from 9am – 5pm.
- Sunday competition from 9am – 2:30pm.
- Awards are held after the conclusion of each division on Saturday and Sunday.
- Order of Events
Learn more about our Swimming Program
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 NCSU Carmichael Gymnasium at 2611 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC.
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.
- Team divisioning from 1pm to 4pm.
- Team divisioning schedule
- Team competition from 8am – 3pm.
- Volleyball Team Saturday Competition Schedule
- Volleyball Team Divisions
- Team competition from 8am – 1pm.
- Awards take place Sunday after each division is completed.
- Volleyball Team Sunday Bracket Schedule
On Saturday, teams may compete in one of two gyms. Courts 1-8 are located in the main Carmichael Gym. Courts 9-11 are just a short walk down the sidewalk approximately 100 feet. Spectator seating is very limited. Awards are located on court 1 on Sunday after each deciding game. Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale all day Saturday at the venue. Talley Student Center is located across the street with different food vendors.
Volleyball Skills location: NCSU Carmichael Gymnasium at 2611 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC.
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.
- Divisioning from 10am – 11:30am.
- Preliminary divisions
- Competition from 1pm – 2:30pm. Awards immediately follow the conclusion of competition.
Skills competition take place on courts 9-11 are just a short walk down the sidewalk from the main gym, approximately 100 feet. Spectator seating is very limited. Awards will be located on court 1 on Saturday. Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs on sale in the main gym all day Saturday at the venue. Talley Student Center is located across the street with different food vendors.
2017 Summer Games Condensed Results for Media
2017 Summer Games Athletics Results
2017 Summer Games Bowling Singles/Ramp Results
2017 Summer Games Bowling Doubles/Unified Doubles Results
2017 Summer Games Bowling Team/Unified Team Results
2017 Summer Games Cheerleading Results
2017 Summer Games Cycling Results
2017 Summer Games Gymnastics – Rhythmic Results
2017 Summer Games Gymnastics – Artistic Results
2017 Summer Games Powerlifting Results
2017 Summer Games Softball Skills Results
2017 Summer Games Softball Team Results
2017 Summer Games Swimming Results
2017 Summer Games Volleyball Skills Results
2017 Summer Games Volleyball Team Results