Special Olympics North Carolina athletes Thomas Stripe and Dylan Grennell of Cabarrus County will compete in the 2020 Special Olympics Xbox Virtual Gaming Event, featuring Turn 10 Studios’ Forza Motorsport 7. Stripe and Grennell were invited to take part in the tournament based on their qualifying scores. The tournament, hosted by Special Olympics, in partnership with Microsoft, will be held on May 30 at 3 p.m. via online streaming platforms.
35 athletes from 11 states will compete in Forza Motorsport 7 during a 4-hour, livestreamed event, which will air on Xbox Mixer, Twitch and YouTube channels. Following the event, a Special Olympics medal ceremony will take place in Minecraft. The public is invited to join the livestream to support Special Olympics athletes and to visit the event Flipgrid board to leave messages of encouragement.
As long-standing partners, Microsoft and Special Olympics have been working together since 2014 with the goal of empowering Special Olympics athletes through technology. Throughout the partnership, technologies, such as Xbox and Microsoft Teams, have been tools to bring adults and children with intellectual disabilities together in the face of obstacles—from the current need for physical distancing to the ongoing logistical challenges of fostering a globally dispersed community.
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 20 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.