This page provides information for leadership volunteers across North Carolina to keep them informed of new resources and opportunities from SONC while also sharing regular reminders on practices and policies. Visit it regularly to stay informed!
Protective Behaviors and Concussion Training Update
We have identified an issue in processing completed trainings for Protective Behaviors and Concussion Training that has resulted in many records not being updated for quite some time. Over the next few weeks, we will be working on updating that information for many people who have taken that training. There are many records to get through, so just be patient with this process. We should have everything resolved by September 1 at the latest.
Fall Coach Training School Registration is Open
It’s that time of the year, coach training school season! We will again be collaborating with our neighbors, Special Olympics South Carolina and Special Olympics Tennessee, to bring virtual trainings with clinicians from all three states. In addition to the virtual trainings, SONC will offer in-person trainings in Mooresville, North Carolina, and Smithfield, North Carolina. Coaches must attend the virtual training session and the in-person training session to receive certification for that sport.
Click here for your one-stop-shop document with registration deadlines and details for the following trainings: bocce, cycling, flag football, golf course play and skills, roller skating, soccer team and skills, softball team and skills, tennis match play and skills and Coaching Special Olympics Athletes.
Leadership Conference 2022
Thank you to all who attended Leadership Conference this year! We hope you had a great day of networking, resource sharing and planning for the upcoming year. As always, your feedback is very important to us and we will use it to improve future conferences and answer any other questions you may have. Please complete the survey here.
Here are various resources that were provided during this year’s conference:
New Athlete Outreach
- Session recording (50 min.)
- Email Template
- FAQ Template
- Fact Sheet Template
- SONC Interest Form Template (Reach out to your community resources director to use this yourself!)
- Sport Information Template
- Upcoming Events Template
- Session recording (45 min.)
The Great Partnership with Schools
Summer Challenge Series
The Summer Challenge is here! Challenge yourself during the month of August to get prepared for the fall season. Each day features a different wellness challenge. It is not too late to register to participate in the Summer Challenge. Registration is captured through a Zoom link but no other Zoom sessions will be held this month. You can register through this link. You can access the Summer Challenge calendar here to get started!
Registration Open for Equestrian Training Schools
We have had some great responses to our equestrian training schools so far! Please make sure you are communicating with your coaches that it is required for recertification for coaches to attend a training school. There is still plenty of room left for the following school:
August 13 in Elizabeth City at Mane and Tail Riding Center
Please have your coaches complete the form if they are interested in attending a training school in late August in the Polk/Rutherford county area. Please stay tuned for this new date! Coaches can still register (tentatively) for this training school, as well as any others, through this form.
2022 SONC Golf Tour
Calling all golfers! The 2022 SONC Golf Tour is rolling! The next stop on the tour is along the North Carolina coast at SeaScape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Sunday, August 28 with tee times starting at 12 p.m. The SONC Golf Tour is open to all current golfers and athletes who would like to start playing golf. If you have an athlete new to golf and have questions about how to get them started, let the sports department know at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the 2022 SONC Golf Tour schedule and registration information.
Technology Training Series
SONC is hosting a virtual technology training series. The trainings are to help provide tips, tricks and new insights into using technology that supports your local programming.
Trainings will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. with SONC staff in attendance as well. The Thursday training will be based on how much is covered on Tuesday and how in-depth staff/attendees want to go. Access the Microsoft Teams meeting link.
Below is the list of upcoming sessions and topics:
Tuesday, August 23: Grant Reporting
Thursday, August 25: Grant Reporting
Tuesday, August 30: Zoom
Thursday, September 1: PowerPoint
Tuesday, September 6: Access
Thursday, September 8: Access
Visit Your Local Finish Line Through September 5
This back to school season, the Finish Line Youth Foundation is fundraising for our athletes to provide them with new sneakers, free health screenings and more! Visit your local Finish Line now until September 5 to donate. Learn more about the partnership.
Support the AerieREAL Campaign for Special Olympics
We are excited to share our friends from Aerie launched a new campaign now through August 10 for #AerieREAL featuring athletes from Special Olympics Pennsylvania alongside two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman! YOU can also support by donating in-store at Aerie locations or online in the US and Canada. Check out the Aerie website here.
SONC State-Level Award Nominations
All nominations will be reviewed by the local program coordinator as part of the awards process and then final selections will be made by a volunteer committee. See the form for more details on the award categories.
Athlete of the Year Award
Family of the Year
Coach of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Business/Organization of the Year