Unified Champion Schools Updates

Unified Champion Schools Update Page

Welcome to the SONC Unified Champion Schools updates page! The purpose of this page is to keep our Unified Champion Schools well informed on upcoming events, requirements and resources throughout the year. This page will be sent out to all of our Unified Champion Schools once a month, but it is always live and can be found on our website.

Want to learn more about becoming a Unified Champion School? Check out our Unified Champion Schools overview page.

Unified Champion School: Highlight

The Poe Center for Health Education has launched a program with Special Olympics to host weekly nutrition and physical activity programs for Special Olympic athletes and unified partners at East Garner Magnet Middle School this fall. Health Educators will teach students helpful insights and tips to reach their personal fitness and athletic goals. Students will celebrate the program with a fun kick off event and end-of-year celebration at the Poe Center. This program is made possible thanks to a grant courtesy of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Poe Center is North Carolina’s leading health education center having served over one million NC citizens since 1991.


Welcome Our New Youth Initiatives Director – East!

Special Olympics North Carolina is excited to welcome Allie Stockburger as our new Youth Initiatives Director!  Allie will oversee school based initiatives in Eastern North Carolina.

A Montana native, Allie joins us with previous Special Olympics experience, serving in a variety of positions with Special Olympics Montana. Allie developed a strong passion for working with youth, dedicating her most recent years to school-based program opportunities. With a desire to contribute more to the movement, relocating to North Carolina was a perfect fit. She received her bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of Montana and enjoys hiking, fishing, and North Carolina sports!

Please welcome Allie Stockburger to Special Olympics North Carolina!

Coaching Unified Sports Course


So much effort has been put into Unified Sports over the past couple of years, and we want to thank each of you for your continued support and dedication! As a thank you, we are offering an awesome incentive for anyone who completes the free online Coaching Unified Sports Certification by January 15th. The course is offered through the NFHS, and takes 60-90 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the course, send a copy of your certificate to your Youth Initiatives Director along with your shirt size, and you will be sent a Unified Sports Coach jacket in return!

Unified Track and Field

Have you heard that we are partnering with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) to bring Unified Track & Field to high schools in North Carolina? We had a great season last year with 6 schools participating in Wake County, and we are excited to expand this initiative to other districts across the state! For more information on Unified Track and the steps to get started, check out the interest video below! If you have any additional questions or if you are ready to get started, reach out to your Youth Initiatives Director, or email