NAME OF EVENT: NC State vs. UNC-CH Special Olympics Unified Sports Flag Football Game
DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Close-King Indoor Practice Facility
4600 Trinity Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
DESCRIPTION: Special Olympics North Carolina athletes from Wake and Orange counties will join together on the same flag football teams with students from the Special Olympics College programs at NC State and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to compete in the NC State vs. UNC-CH Special Olympics Unified Sports Flag Football Game on Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility in Raleigh.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to promote social inclusion through shared sports experiences. Unified teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. ESPN has served as the global presenting sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports® since 2013.
The students from NC State and UNC-CH are members of the Special Olympics College program at their respective universities. SO College connects college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics.
For the last six years ESPN has provided more than $7 million and strategically used its multi-platform media assets and marketing expertise to expand Unified Sports globally. Today, Special Olympics has made it possible for this inclusive sports strategy to increase to more than 1.8 million participants. As part of the continued commitment to Unified Sports, ESPN supports Special Olympics’ goal of building Unified Sports programming and resources in 10,000 schools around the world by 2020.
Special Olympics North Carolina encourages supporters and the general public to attend the game as spectators at no charge.
About Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is a program for schools Pre-K through university that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership, and whole school engagement.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.