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!
In-Person Training on Pause Until February 28, 2021
Special Olympics North Carolina has paused all in-person training starting December 9, 2020 until February 28, 2021, when they will reevaluate the current state of the pandemic in North Carolina. This decision was made with the safety of all athletes and SONC community in mind and is based off current COVID-19 trends as well as guidance released from Governor Cooper and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. SONC has also updated its in-person mask guidance to: all participants must wear masks at all points in time when at a SONC in-person activity/event. For more information on this and to see the full in-person guidance, please click here.
Publix Icon Campaign
The Publix Icon Campaign runs January 7 – 18, 2021. When shopping in-store, be sure to thank their staff for their support and wear your Special Olympics gear! A store list for the 2021 campaign can be found here.
2022 Special Olympics USA Games Preparations Begin
Preparations for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida are on the way for Team NC. We are opening the Team NC coach application period for all SONC coaches who are interested in joining Team NC. The online application is being sent out via email to certified coaches on file with SONC. You can find the online coach application to share with your coaches here. The deadline for coaches to submit the online coach application is Tuesday, January 19, 2021. In addition to the coach application period opening, we are preparing for the athlete selection process that will take place in early 2021. As mentioned in the local program coordinator webinar meeting on December 9, results from the 2019 Summer Games, 2019 Equestrian Tournament and 2019 Fall Tournament will be used to select eligible athletes. To find out more information about the athlete and coach selection process as well as the quota received for Team NC, check out the 2022 Team NC USA Games fact sheet.
The Latest Plans on 2021 Competition Events Announced
Based on the continued impact of the pandemic, no competition events will be held before June 30, 2021. This includes the SONC and Southeast Winter Games for alpine skiing, snowboarding and figure skating, the Cheerleading Tournament and the Summer Games. Decisions about additional state-level events, such as Fall Tournament, are forthcoming.
Sport Training at Home Resources
With the days getting shorter and colder, your athletes and coaches may need to be creative to find ways to stay active. For a collection of solo workouts that can safely be done indoors, check out the at-home resources created for all our fall sports.
This includes recordings of weekly Partner Up Power Up Zoom guided training sessions as well as training supplements if your athletes prefer something self-paced. The available sports include: bocce, cycling, equestrian, golf, roller skating, soccer, softball and tennis.