Every year, nearly 2,000 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes from across the state gather in Raleigh for a weekend of sports competition and a celebration of community. This year, the weekend of the 2020 Special Olympics Summer Games, scheduled for May 29-31, will look differently. With the cancellation of the Summer Games, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the public is invited to join athletes for SONC’s (in your) House Party, a virtual, weekend-long celebration May 29-31.
Taking place on SONC’s Facebook page and the Zoom video conferencing platform, athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and fans are invited to join in hearing guest speakers and to partake in workout sessions throughout the weekend. A tentative schedule of events is available online.
Friday, May 29, video messages from WRAL & FOX 50 anchor Ken Smith, Governor Roy Cooper, officials from the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, key sponsors, athletes, SONC Board Chairman Phil Gruber and SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne will be featured on Facebook.
Saturday, May 30, SONC athletes will lead virtual workout sessions throughout the day. On Saturday at 8 p.m., students from Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® will host a live, virtual dance party. This event is not open to the public. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, May 31 with a live workout session from SONC’s Coach of the Year, Chris Underwood.
“We designed the virtual (in your) House Party celebration as a way to engage and entertain Special Olympics athletes and supporters,” said Fishburne. “It’s an opportunity to bring our community together, even when we are apart.”
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.