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Summer Games Head of Delegation Information

June 2 – 4, 2017

This webpage provides a comprehensive summary of the Summer Games.  There are several links to more detailed documents.  You need to read all of this information even if you are already familiar with it because you are responsible for knowing it!

If you have questions about this info, if you need help during the event, if you get lost, if you are running late, whatever it might be – call us!

You can call your community services director or
Kelly Vaughn, SONC Staff, 919-818-7321 or
Paul Finks, Volunteer Summer Games Director, 919-333-1834

Opening Ceremonies will be held at a new venue this year!  We are very excited to bring the Ceremonies onto NC State’s campus.  No more driving in 5pm Raleigh traffic, no more getting stuck behind the torch run, and no more rush through Friday night dinner!  The newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum will host the Ceremonies this year.  There will be lots of entertainment along the walkway from the dining hall to the Coliseum so plan your time so your delegation can walk to the Ceremonies and enjoy the festivities.

Gymnastics and Cheerleading will be held at new venues this year.  Gymnastics will be hosted at Sonshine Gymnastics in Holly Springs and cheerleading will move to Peace University.

Bowling has been expanded this year and as a result, a second venue will be used.  Singles competition will take place at Buffaloe Cary (same venue that was used last year) and doubles and team will be held at Buffaloe North (this venue was used several years ago during Midsummer Tournament.  They have great fried okra – you should try it!  J  Then go straight back to your healthy eating.)

Over the past few years we have increasingly used text messaging to communicate with everyone during the Games.  It will even be used to communicate disqualifications at certain sports.  Be on the lookout for texts throughout the weekend and please make sure SONC has accurate cell phone numbers on file beforehand so we can keep you informed.

It would not be an event without the opportunity to buy souvenirs.  Thanks to the hard work of some dedicated volunteers, there are several new items that will be available.  One example is the tri-blend (which basically means softer!) T-shirt with artwork done by Davidson County athlete Brian Goins that will be sold for $15.  Be sure to check out the souvenirs area at your sport venue on Saturday or at the dance that night.

The Dance and Olympic Town will be on Saturday night at Talley Student Union again.  This is within walking distance of most dorms and the dining hall.  In addition to lots of other activities, there will be several free health screenings and all athletes are encouraged to take advantage of these great services offered.  We are moving the health screenings to their own floor in the facility to allow for more room.  Additionally, Special Smiles will be offering dental screenings starting at 3pm to allow more athletes the opportunity to participate.

As we have done in the past, all coaches’ meetings will be held prior to the Games via webinar (with the exception of volleyball skills)  A full schedule is shared here.

Friday divisioning will once again be held for cycling, softball team and volleyball team.  All athletes must be participate on Friday in order to compete in the Games.

General Event Schedule by Day

Map of All Locations

All delegations (if staying in dorm housing) will receive two parking passes: 1) the SONC pass which also lists in which dorm the delegation is staying and 2) a parking pass emailed directly from NC State University to be used Friday of the games.

We have a large number of contributors for lunches at the venues.  Lunch specifics are listed with the venues.  Meals at Fountain Dining Hall will begin with dinner on Friday night and will continue through breakfast on Sunday.  You can read the full menu of what will be provided at Fountain.  If you have questions about specific dietary needs and how they will be met in the dining hall, you can contact the dining hall dietician, Lisa Eberhart at Lisa_eberhart@ncsu.edu  or 919-513-5310.

Saturday Night Dinner
For those delegations who have indicated they will eat in Fountain on Saturday night, your local program fees will be adjusted to capture this cost.

For those delegations who have chosen to eat at Talley, three restaurants will be open 4-7pm.   Here are the dining options for Talley:
*  Talley Market (which will stay open until 10pm) has all of your typical snacks, some amazing ice cream made right there at NC State, salads, etc.
*  Los Lobos Mexican Grill – this is run similarly to Moe’s Grill where you walk through and get a made-to-order burrito, etc.  You can view the menu online.
*  Red Sky Pizza – you can view the menu online.
*  Tuffy’s Burgers – you can view the menu online.

For Tuffy’s and Red Sky Pizza, you can order and pay ahead using the Tapingo app.  You can even indicate at what time you will pick up your food.  This could make things much much easier for your whole group!

If your delegation has opted to eat out on your own, there are a number of options on Hillsborough Street as well as Western Boulevard.

Dietary Needs
If you have requests for vegetarian or gluten-free meals at the sport venues, email those requests to Julianna Pratt including the name(s) of the people needing the special lunches.  All requests must be received by Friday, May 27 in order for arrangements to be made. A current list of gluten-free and vegetarian meals we are currently aware of can be found here.

Talley Student Union restaurants have been asked to prepare for vegetarian or gluten free needs.

The Fountain Dining Hall dietician, Lisa Eberhart, is available to answer any questions about what is offered at this location.  She can be reached at Lisa_eberhart@ncsu.edu or 919-513-5310.

All delegations will be housed in the following dorms:
*  Lee Dorm
*  Sullivan Dorm
*  Bragaw Dorm
*  Avent Ferry Dorm

Delegations will check-in at either Bragaw (Bragaw, Lee and Sullivan check-in)  or Avent Ferry.  Dorm assignments will be sent out, so check to see to which location you need to report.

SONC is assuming that everyone is staying for both Friday and Saturday nights.  Delegations are asked to alert Kelly Vaughn ASAP if there are individuals who will only stay Friday night so room nights are not unnecessarily charged to SONC.

All participants should bring all linens (pillow, blanket, sheets, towels and washcloths).  If someone forgets an item, extras will be available at cost to the local program.
Prices are as follows:
Sheets (2) – $3.00
Towel (1) – $2.50
Washcloth (1) – $1.00
Pillow with Pillowcase (1) – $2.00
Blanket (1) – $4.00
Total Set – $12.50

Building access cards will provide access to in-building laundry in your assigned buildings.  There is no additional laundry service charge but you need to bring your own detergent!

Extra volunteers will be available to help with unloading luggage and getting it to the dorms.  As mentioned above, make sure everyone labels their luggage with their name and delegation.  The goal is to deliver all luggage to the HOD’s suite for you all to distribute from that point.

A campus map is available to help you navigate N.C. State University.  Please be sure to enter campus from Western Blvd. on Friday afternoon.

All HOD’s will receive parking passes emailed directly from NC State University for parking on campus on Friday (it is open the rest of the weekend). In the next week or so, the HOD will receive an email regarding NC State parking passes.  Instructions are provided here.

N.C. State University Reynolds Coliseum
2411 Dunn Ave., Raleigh
Venue Director – Stephanie Williamson, (919) 943-5518 cell
Opening Ceremonies Agenda
Inclement Weather Plan – Delegations should remain in their vehicles or at the dining hall until severe weather passes.  Everyone already in the venue should remain in the building.  If it is raining prior to the program, delegations will be sent directly to seating rather than participating in a Parade of Athletes.

Parking – A parking map is now available, but remember that the great majority of you will be able to walk to the Coliseum from the dining hall.  It takes approximately 15-20 minutes (the Coliseum is next to Talley Student Center where the dance will be held on Saturday night).  There will be a dropoff area for delegations who need to drive to the Coliseum.  Spectator and family parking will be available in the Coliseum Deck next to the venue.  There will also be a shuttle running to bring delegations from Avent Ferry and the dining hall and of course returning after the Ceremonies.

March-in Entertainment – The doors will not open for delegations to enter Reynolds until right before the program but that is because there will be plenty of entertainment along the walkway from Fountain Dining Hall to the Coliseum.  This is why it is very important to follow the signage for the Athlete Parade Path rather than walking down Cates Avenue so you can be sure to enjoy all that is offered as you make your way to the Ceremonies!   The Ceremonies will begin promptly at 7:30pm.

Souvenirs & Concessions – Please note that neither souvenirs nor concessions will be offered during the Ceremonies.  Souvenirs will be on sale at all venues on Saturday and Saturday night at the dance.

Talley Student Union, NC State University
2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh
Venue Director – Joy Bradley, (919) 593-4205 cell

Inclement Weather Plan – Outdoor activities will not occur.   Everyone already in the venue should stay put and anyone outside should go inside the building.  An airhorn signal of three short blasts will be made if cover should be taken immediately.  One long blast will follow when inclement weather has passed.
Parking – A parking map is now available, but this is another venue to which most delegations can walk.  A dropoff area will also be provided for buses.
Dance/Olympic Town – Lots of exciting activities are being planned for Olympic Town that you don’t want to miss!  Even more than last year! All of our Healthy Athletes disciplines will be providing health screenings, and athletes completing all of the screenings will receive a prize at check-out. Special Smiles will be opening at 3pm to ensure more athletes can participate.  All of this will be going on while DJ Tony Williams plays in the State Ballroom joined by the CCC Dancers!  To finish it off, we will have regular entertainment every half hour on the first floor.
Venue Notes – This venue is within walking distance of the dining hall and most dorms but if you prefer not to drive, please note that a shuttle will regularly drive from Avent Ferry and Wood Dorms as well as Fountain Dining Hall.  A shuttle schedule will be provided shortly.

Dance/Olympic Town Flyer

George Williams Athletic Complex
St. Augustine’s University
1315 Oakwood Ave.

Raleigh, NC 27610

Venue Director – Laura Collins, cell (919) 810-5770
Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting – Listen to a recording of this webinar; read the Coaches Handbook
Lunch – Sat. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
Sun. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
Inclement Weather Plan – If weather is extreme and safety is an issue, everyone will be directed to their vehicles.  An airhorn signal of three short blasts will be made if cover should be taken immediately.  One long blast will follow when inclement weather has passed.
Parking – please review the provided parking map.  There will be a lot going on.  Be patient with parking!
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue all weekend.
Concessions – Food trucks will be on site selling concessions. The Sheetz Brothers Coffee Truck will also be out on Saturday selling coffee and smoothies.
Additional Activities – On Saturday, Southland Dairy Farms will have great information about dairy products and farming complete with milking demonstrations with a real cow and free ice cream sandwiches!

Competition Information
Athletics Sport Web Page (rules, etc)
Athletics Program (Divisions and Schedule) – updated 5/30/2017
Athlete events by delegation – updated 5/30/2017
Athletics FINAL Relay Divisions & Heats – posted 6/3/2017
Athletics Improved Performance Form – the time has passed to submit an improved performance form for the 2017 SONC Summer Games.

Bowling Singles and Ramp
Buffaloe Lanes Cary
151 High House Road
Cary, NC  27511
Venue Director – Sherry Paul, cell (336) 558-5353

Bowling Doubles and Team (Traditional and Unified)
Buffaloe Lanes North
5900 Oak Forest Dr
Raleigh, NC 27616
Venue Director– Macy Fisher, cell (561) 222-9114

Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting – Listen to the webinar HERE.
Lunch:  Saturday will be Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz for both venues, and Sunday for Buffaloe Lanes North. On Sunday, Buffaloe Lanes Cary lunch will be provided by Cary Central Rotary Club.
Parking – there is adequate parking at the facilities.
Souvenirs will be on sale at both venues on Saturday.
Concessions will be on sale at both venues all weekend.

Competition Information
Bowling Sport Web Page (rules, etc.)
Bowling Competition Schedule

William Peace University – Hermann Athletic Center
12 East Peace St
Raleigh, NC 27604

Venue Director– Laura Bradbury (801) 540-8018
Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting – Listen to a recording of the coaches meeting; read the Coaches Handbook
Lunch – Sat. ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
Parking – Please review the provided parking information.
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.
There are no concessions for sale onsite, but there are multiple dining options across the street at Seaboard Station.

Competition Information
Cheerleading Sport Web Page (rules, etc)
2017 Cheerleading Schedule & Divisions – updated 5/30/2017

N.C. Highway Patrol Training Academy (site of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games competition)
380 East Tryon Rd.
Raleigh, NC

Be sure to use the Tryon Road address other than the one that pops up on your GPS.  The other address will take you to the main campus for the training academy rather than the actual training course.

Coach Webinar Recording
Venue Director– Alan McQuiston,  cell (931) 239-4406
Lunch – Sat. turkey and ham and cheese sandwiches, a sweet treat, chips and a fruit – provided by the Garner Civitans
Sun. ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
Parking – There is adequate parking at the facility.  Of all venues, you want to make sure you park in properly marked spots at this location!
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.
Concessions – Food trucks Queso Monster will be out on Saturday. On Sunday, Dang Good Dogs will be out at the venue. Additionally, the Sheetz Brothers Coffee Truck will be out on Sunday selling coffee and smoothies

Competition Information

Summer Games Cycling Program
Athlete Events by Delegation
Cycling Sport Web Page (rules, etc)

Friday Time Trial & Bike Check Schedule

SonShine Gymnastics
151 Thomas Mill Rd
Holly Springs, NC 27540

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 an u-turns to reach the venue.

Venue Directors – Bruce Achterman, cell (919) 427-6632 and Jimmy Lynn, cell (919) 749-8116
Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting – Listen to a recording here; read the Coaches Handbook
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.
Lunch – Hamburger or hot dog (cooked onsite by the venue directors), chips provided by Zaxby’s, dessert provided Freddy’s.
Venue Information – 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
Gymnastics Sport Web Page (rules, etc.)
2017 Summer Games General Competition Schedule & Gymnasts

Witherspoon Student Center Theater
NC State University
2810 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27606

Venue Director– Jamie West, cell (919) 219-4966
Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting – Listen to a recording of the coaches meeting webinar; read the Coaches Handbook
Lunch – Sat. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
Sun. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
Parking – Parking is available at the Dan Allen Parking Deck, accessible via Dan Allen Drive.  An athlete drop-off area will be designated and make note that limited parking is available right by the venue.
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.
Concessions – Talley Student center is a five minute walk down Cates Ave. There are multiple snack options and even a Starbucks.

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.

Powerlifting Sport Web Page (rules, etc)
2017 Summer Games Powerlifting Athletes

2017 Summer Games Powerlifting Flights – updated 6/2/2017

Lions Park
516 Dennis Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27604

Venue Director – Laura Davenport, cell (919) 624-7149
Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting – Listen to the webinar HERE.
Lunch – Sat. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips,  fruit donated by Sheetz
Sun. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, fruit donated by Sheetz
Inclement Weather Plan
– If weather is extreme and safety is an issue, everyone will be directed to their vehicles or into the community center.  An airhorn signal of three short blasts will be made if cover should be taken immediately.  One long blast will follow when inclement weather has passed.
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.
Concessions will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.

Competition Information
Softball Sport Web Page (rules, etc)
2017 Softball Skills Schedule for 6.4.2017 Updated on 6.3.2017
2017 Softball Skills Final Divisions for 6.4.2017 Updated on 6.3.2017

Buffaloe Road Park
5900 Buffaloe Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27616

Venue Director– Jonathan Serxner, cell (919) 812-7708
Mandatory Coaches’ Meeting – Listen to the recorded webinar HERE.
Lunch – Sat. Hot dogs, chips, fruit  provided by Wake Forest Civitan Club
Sun. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
 Inclement Weather Plan – If weather is extreme and safety is an issue, everyone will be directed back to their vehicles.  An airhorn signal of three short blasts will be made if cover should be taken immediately.  One long blast will follow when inclement weather has passed.
Parking – Parking is limited so please follow the direction of the many parking volunteers.  A new pool has also now opened up adjacent to the ball fields so there may be some additional traffic.  A shuttle golf cart will be running both days to assist those who have to park further away.
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.
Concessions – Pelican’s Snoballs will be out all weekend

Competition Information
Softball Sport Web Page (rules, etc)
2017 Softball Team Schedule for Sunday Updated 6.3.17
2017 Softball Team Final Divisions Updated 6.3.17
2017 Softball Team Rosters

Triangle Aquatic Center
275 Convention Dr.
Cary, NC 27511

Venue Director – Tony Williams, cell (336) 689-2808
Recording of the Coaches Webinar – Here
Lunch – Sat. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, cookie & fruit provided by Area 4 Civitan Clubs
Sun. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, & fruit donated by Sheetz
Inclement Weather Plan –  In the event of heavy winds/tornado warning, everyone will be directed to the area under spectator seating and in the downstairs classroom.  In the event of a venue evacuation, everyone will be sent to their cars.
ParkingPlease review the provided parking information. Overflow parking will be directed to another location and there will be a place to drop off athletes.  Delegations with athletes utilizing wheelchairs may park in the back.  Remember that general public will also be using the center and the parking lot.
Venue Notes – TAC will be very full again this year.  Please be considerate of others with the limited seating.  Everyone is welcome to bring chairs and tents to sit outside the venue.  Delegations will be assigned seating to assist with staging.  Coolers will not be permitted in the seating area; an area by the back window will be designated as a “cooler parking lot” and labels will be provided to help identify coolers.
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday and Sunday.
Concessions will be on sale at the venue on Saturday and Sunday.

Competition Information
4×25 Relay Sunday Final 
4×50 Medley Relay Sunday Final
4×50 Relay Sunday Final

Swimming Sport Web Page (rules, etc)
Summer Games Swimming Program- Updated 5/31/2017
Athlete Events by Delegation– Updated 6/01/2017
Swimming Improved Performance Form – the time has passed to submit an improved performance form.

Carmichael Gymnasium
N.C. State University
2611 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27606

Coach Webinar Recording
Venue Director – Jeane Brumley, cell (919)-247-5465 and Steve Bass, cell (919) 599-1086
Lunch – Sat. Ham & turkey sandwiches, chips,  fruit donated by Sheetz
Sun. Turkey sandwiches, chips, cookie & fruit provided by South Raleigh Civitan Club and the Raleigh Council of AT&T Pioneers
Parking – Delegations are advised to walk down from the dorms just because parking is limited near the gym.  You will need to use the parking permit provided for Friday.  Most parking is open and free on the weekend but always pay attention to the permit signs to be sure.  Paid parking is available in the Coliseum Deck.
Souvenirs will be on sale at the venue on Saturday.
Concessions -Talley Student Center across the street with multiple snack options and a Starbucks.

Competition Information
Volleyball Skills coaches meeting will be held on Saturday at 9:30am on the volleyball skills courts.

Volleyball Team Sunday Bracket Schedule
Volleyball Team Divisions

Volleyball Sport Web Page (rules, etc)
Volleyball Team Friday Divisioning Schedule
Volleyball Skills Preliminary Divisions

Sponsors

 
Saint Augustine’s
United Healthcare Summer Games
McMillan Pate Summer Games
Raleigh Parks and Recreation
Coca Cola
Enterprise
Civitan
Southland Dairy Farms
 

In-Kind Donors

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

Summer Games Families Information

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Families are invited to attend the President’s Dinner on Friday (6/2), as well as all competition and the dance on Saturday night (6/3). Families will be receiving a letter  in the mail with information on how to RSVP for the President’s Dinner.

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!

Best Western PLUS Cary- NC State 919-481-1200
Holiday Inn Raleigh – Crabtree Valley Mall 919-782-8600

2017 Family Letter
2017 Summer Games Family Dinner Registration

Summer Games Photos

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