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The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in March 2019.  Read more.

Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes from six continents come together to showcase their athletic skills and bring the spirit of the Special Olympics organization to life.

Alternating between Summer and Winter Games, the Special Olympics World Games feature intense athletic competition and inspiring performances from talented Special Olympics athletes from across the globe.

Special Olympics North Carolina uses the advancement criteria set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. to select the athletes who will be a part of Special Olympics USA.  Gold medal winners from all ability level divisions are put into a random drawing in order to be selected for participation in the Games.

North Carolinians to attend 2019 World Games

Preparations for the Special Olympics World Games are well underway in Abu Dhabi scheduled for March 2019.  North Carolina will be well-represented!

  • Several individuals from North Carolina will assist with officiating and actually managing competition at the Games. 
  • Chapel Hill Police Special Events Officer Phillip Smith has been selected to participate in the Final Leg of the Torch Run.
  • Dr. Tim Taft will serve as medical staff for Special Olympics USA. 
  • Four coaches from North Carolina have been selected to serve on the USA Team.  These coaches went through a separate application process directly with Special Olympics USA.

Bowling

Chuck Dellinger

Bocce

James Price

Cycling

Jake Harkey

Golf

Vincent Powierski

Of course the best representation will be the athletes who go to compete in Abu Dhabi!  North Carolina received a total of four quota slots for the World Games.  Interviews are now being conducted and athletes will be announced shortly.  The slots and the selection processes are as follows: 

Sport

Gender

Selection

Athletics

Male

based on a pilot program where USA Games are used as a qualifying event to move on to World Games

Athletics

Female

random draw from gold medal winners at 2018 SONC Summer Games

Swimming – high performance

Male

based on a pilot program where USA Games are used as a qualifying event to move on to World Games

Swimming

Male

random draw from gold medal winners at 2018 SONC Summer Games

World Games Coverage

Special Olympics USA Social Media

Additional NC Representatives

The following officials and sport development team members from North Carolina will attend the 2019 World Games as Technical Delegates:

  • Alana Brahler – Technical Delegate – Golf
  • Richard Frazier – Technical Delegate – Powerlifting
  • Tony Wayne – Technical Delegate – Athletics
  • Tony Williams – Technical Delegate – Roller skating