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Summer Games

June 2-4, 2017

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 will be held June 2-4, 2017.

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

Competition Information

Saturday and Sunday

  • Saturday competition will begin at 9am and conclude by 3pm.
  • Sunday competition will begin at 9am and conclude by 2pm.
  • Awards will be held at the conclusion of each division.

Track and Field schedule will be posted May 22, 2017.

Learn more about our Athletics Program

Spectator Information

There will be available seating 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 will be on sale both Saturday and Sunday along with limited concessions.

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

Competition Information

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

Saturday

  • First session of competition will be from 10am to 12pm.
  • Second session of competition will be from 1pm to 3pm.

Sunday

  • First session of competition will be from 9am to 11am. Awards will be presented immediately following competition.
  • Second session of competition will be from 12pm to 2pm. Awards will be presented immediately following competition.

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 will be on sale all day Saturday at the venue.  Concessions will be available both days.

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

Competition Information

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

Saturday

  • Team and Unified Team competition will be between 10am and 12pm.
  • Doubles and Unified Doubles competition will be between 1pm and 3pm.

Sunday

  • Team and Unified Team competition will between 9am and 11am.  Awards will be presented immediately following competition.
  • Doubles and Unified Doubles competition will be between 12pm and 2pm.  Awards will be presented immediately following competition.

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 will be on sale all day Saturday at the venue. Concession will be available on both days.

Cheerleading will move to Peace College at 12 East Peace St, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Athletes may 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 will be performing a routine that may include dance, partner stunts, and/or tumbling.

Saturday

  • Competition will begin at 9am and conclude by 3:30pm.
  • Competition will be scheduled into two separate sessions.  Awards will be presented at the conclusion of each session.

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 will be allowed.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs will be 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 will return to the North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center at 380 East Tryon Rd in Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

The 5k road race and the 500 meter time trial will 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.

Friday

  • Divisioning will be from 1pm to 4pm

Saturday

  • Competition will begin at 9am and conclude around 3pm.
  • Awards will begin at approximately 10:15am.

Sunday

  • Competition will begin at 8:30am and conclude around 2pm.
  • Awards will begin at 9:45am and follow the conclusion of each division.

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 will be 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 will be on sale all day Saturday at the venue.  Limited concessions may be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Gymnastics will move to Sonshine Gymnastics at 151 Thomas Mill Rd in Holly Springs, NC.

Competition Information

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

Saturday

  • Rhythmic and Men’s Artistic competition will begin at 9am.
  • Level A/B and Women’s Artistic will begin at 11am.
  • Competition and awards should conclude around 2:45pm.
  • Awards will follow the conclusion of each event.

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.

Powerlifting will return to NCSU Witherspoon Student Center Cinema at 2810 Cates Avenue in Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

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

Saturday

  • Competition will start at 9am and conclude at 3pm.
  • Awards will be presented at the conclusion of each session.

Sunday

  • Competition will start at 9am and conclude at 2pm.
  • Awards will be presented at the conclusion of each session.

Learn more about our Powerlifting Program

Spectator Information

There is plenty of seating in Witherspoon.  For the safety of the athletes, no flash photography will be allowed.  Competition will be streaming live over the internet on Saturday and Sunday.  The link will be posted once this is active.  Awards will be 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 will be 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 will be held at Buffalo Road Park on Fields 1-3 and 4&5 at 5812 Buffaloe Rd, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

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

Friday

  • Divisioning competition will take place from 1pm to 5pm.

Saturday

  • Competition will begin at 8am and conclude around 5pm.

Sunday

  • Competition will begin at 8am and conclude around 3pm.
  • Awards will be held after each deciding game.

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 will be held at Lions Park at 516 Dennis Avenue, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

Athletes will compete in preliminary competition on Saturday and will be placed into final divisions on Sunday.  The athletes will be scored on a base race, hitting, fielding, and throwing.

Saturday

  • Morning competition will begin at 9:30am and conclude around 11:30am.
  • Afternoon competition will begin at 12pm and conclude around 2pm.

Sunday

  • Competition will begin at 9:30am.
    • Field 1 competition will begin at 9:30am
    • Field 2 competition will begin at 9:45am
    • Field 3 competition will begin at at 10am.
  • Awards will be presented as each division finishes.

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 will be placed at each field, and signs will be 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 will be on sale all day Saturday at the venue.

Swimming will take place at Triangle Aquatic Center at 275 Convention Drive in Cary, NC.

Competition Information

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

Saturday and Sunday

  • Saturday competition will begin at 9am and conclude around 5pm.
  • Sunday competition will begin at 9am and conclude around 2:30pm.
  • Awards will be held after the conclusion of each division on Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about our Swimming Program

Spectator Information

Delegations will be 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 will be on sale at the venue on both Saturday and Sunday.

Volleyball Traditional, Unified, Modified Team will return to NCSU Carmichael Gymnasium at 2611 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC.

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.

Friday

  • Divisioning will take place from 1pm to 4pm.

Saturday

  • Team competition will begin at 8am and will conclude by 3pm.

Sunday

  • Team competition will begin at 8am and conclude by 1pm.
  • Awards will take place Sunday after each division is completed.

Learn more about our Volleyball Program

Spectator Information

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 will be located on court 1 on Sunday after each deciding game.  Special Olympics North Carolina souvenirs will be on sale all day Saturday at the venue.  Talley Student Center is located across the street with different food vendors.

Volleyball Skills will return to NCSU Carmichael Gymnasium at 2611 Cates Avenue, Raleigh, NC.

Competition Information

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

Saturday

  • Divisioning will be from 10am to 11:30am.
  • Competition will begin at 1pm and conclude around 2:30pm.  Awards will immediately follow the conclusion of competition.

Learn more about our Volleyball Program

Spectator Information

Skills competition will 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 will be on sale in the main gym all day Saturday at the venue.  Talley Student Center is located across the street with different food vendors.

 

Sponsors

 
Civitan
Easter Seals
Saint Augustine’s
Southland Dairy Farms
Raleigh Parks and Recreation
Enterprise
Coca Cola
 

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– send any suggested edits to volunteers@sonc.net. You can also review general volunteer materials online.

2016 In Kind Donors

Cici’s Pizza
Coca Cola
N.C. DOT
Raleigh Parks & Recreation
Sheetz
Sonshine Gymnastics
Two Men and a Truck
U.S. Foods
Waste Management
WB Porter
Zaxby’s

Summer Games Photos

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