Every four years, Special Olympics holds a national competition for Special Olympics athletes across the United States. The next Special Olympics USA Games will be held July 1-6, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.
Special Olympics North Carolina will bring 61 athletes and Unified Partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes) to compete in artistic gymnastics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting, swimming, tennis, Unified flag football and volleyball.
Special Olympics North Carolina uses the advancement criteria set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. to select the athletes who are a part of Team NC. Gold medal winners from all ability level divisions were put into a random drawing in order to be selected for participation in the Games. For more information, view SONC’s 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Fact Sheet.
North Carolina Youth Representatives
Two students from Wake Forest High School, one special education and one traditional education, will also attend the Games as part of the delegation. These two students have been outstanding youth leaders through the Unified Champion Schools program in their high school and will be gaining even more leadership skills as they help the NC team and interact with other youth leaders in Seattle. Congratulations to Sydie Garrett and Olivia Rudolph!