This page is available to 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!
Now Accepting Nominations for SONC Athlete Council
SONC is now accepting nominations for active athlete leaders to be considered for the state-level Athlete Council. This council meets in Raleigh quarterly and the term is two years. We are seeking those athletes who enjoy providing input, volunteering as leaders, and participating in discussions. Please submit your nominations online here by this Friday, September 13.
2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Equestrian Tournament
Registration for the Equestrian Tournament has been received. Head of Delegation information is now available here.
2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Chapel Hill Training School
Thank you to all of those that attended the 2019 SONC Chapel Hill Training School on Saturday, September 14! We love to improve our events, so please take a few more minutes of your time to fill out this short survey about your experience at the training school! To learn the next steps for becoming a coach or to learn where to find all of the wonderful coach resources, please watch the following short videos to better navigate you through our website.
2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Fall Tournament
Training roster updates/changes, quota requests, and all athlete and volunteer forms are due to email@example.com by Tuesday, September 24. Programs can request quota using this online form. Please note, quota will not be allocated if a training roster is not received by the program.
Additionally, all registration forms and important season updates can now be found on the individual sport webpages.
Other notable dates:
September 27 – Quota confirmed with each program
October 1 – Programs will receive registration spreadsheet and instructions
October 8 – Registration is due to firstname.lastname@example.org for Fall Tournament.
Cycling at Fall Tournament
We are pleased to announce that cycling competition will be held as part of Fall Tournament this year. Competition will take place at the Rock Hill Criterium Course in Rock Hill, South Carolina. SONC has partnered with Special Olympics South Carolina to have athletes from their program compete as well. It is our goal to have qualifying time trials and final races take place on Saturday, November 2nd. For questions or more information, contact the sports department at email@example.com.
We Are Now Using the New Athlete Participation Packet
The time has now come to use only the new athlete participation packet. As of August 1, 2019 local programs are required to use only the new form. Here are the things you need to know about the new form:
- It is one full athlete participation packet that encompasses the release form.
- It is 5 pages but don’t freak out yet – breaking it down makes it more manageable!
One page of athlete info
One page for the release that will get completed every 3 years
2 pages of health history
1 page for the physician to complete
- There are no more asterisked items. This means every single renewal form will require a sports physical to be conducted. All athletes must visit a physician every three years.
- A Spanish version is now available.
- It is now available online as a fillable .pdf file so it can be completed electronically.
- We are also in the process of implementing DocuSign to collect electronic signatures. More to come on this!
Please take a few minutes to view this introductory video to learn more about the packet. Thank you for working with us as we all adjust to this change!
7-a-Side Soccer at Fall Tournament
Special Olympics North Carolina is thrilled to offer 7-a-side soccer team competition for the 2019 fall sports season and Fall Tournament. 7-a-side team competition is better suited for teams that have a good understanding of the game and are ready to move up to a higher level of team play. Teams must also be able to compete on a larger field and use a larger goal size. More information on 7-a-side team soccer can be found in the SOI official rules for soccer. Interested programs should contact the sports department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 NIRSA Flag Football Regional at UNCW
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington will be the host site for the 2019 NIRSA Region II 28th Annual Southern Atlantic Flag Football Championships on Saturday, November 23! This year, Special Olympics Unified Campus Recreation teams and Traditional (all Special Olympics athletes) teams are invited to compete in their respective divisions in this tournament! Special Olympics North Carolina teams (Unified Campus Rec and Traditional) will not have a registration fee! Registration will be posted once available, but please feel free to contact email@example.com for more information!
Social Media Policy
Ensure that your program is in compliance with SONC’s Social Media Policy! Here’s how:
Accredited sub-programs may have and maintain their own social media profiles, provided said social media profiles meet minimum brand guidelines as outlined below:
-Use the official accredited sub-program logo as the profile image.
-Follow Special Olympics naming conventions: “Special Olympics _____ County”
-Follow all Special Olympics language guidelines and graphics standards.
All sub-program social media profiles must have a Special Olympics North Carolina staff member with administrator access at all times. This policy will be applied retroactively to pre-existing pages. Learn how to add SONC as a Facebook administrator here.
Social media profiles include but are not limited to Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and Instagram accounts. All programs must be in compliance by Jan. 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please email Katie McGhee.
2020 Special Olympics Southeast U.S. Powerlifiting
The 2020 Southeast Powerlifting event will be on January 10-12 in Marietta GA. If your program is interested in sending athletes and coaches, please use this form to let us know who would like to attend. The deadline to fill out this form is Tuesday, September 17. Please note registration is not due at this time. This is the initial request to send athletes and coaches. SONC will follow up once registration materials are received. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Get Your Surveys Done by November 1!
Don’t forget: the newest SONC Impact Survey can now be found online here. These surveys are a great way for SONC to capture feedback, report program information to Special Olympics International and grant funders, and recognize the great work happening in your program. It is important to survey your athletes, students, and volunteers on a regular basis and the newest version will only take a few minutes to complete. It is also an easy way to engage volunteers at your Spring Games or other events, or include in your post-Games wrap-up or social media! If you have any questions or would like to request paper copies of these surveys, please email Lauren Bruce.
New in 2019, programs that submit 20 or more survey answers by November 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card of your choice!
State-Level Awards Nominations Now Live
Do you know an outstanding athlete, family, coach, coordinator, volunteer, or business/organization? Nominate them for a state-level award! We are now accepting nominations through September 27 here.
2019 SONC Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Athlete Training Camp
The SONC Athlete Training Camp is designed to get athletes out onto the snow and practice their skills under skilled and professional ski instructors. The training camp will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019. Click here for more details. For questions please contact email@example.com.
Kohl’s Stores Offering Volunteer Support and Donation
Here is an opportunity to recruit volunteers and raise money!
For a 3 hour shift, local Kohl’s employees can help at your event (with set-up/take-down, check in, event assistance) or practices (set-up/take-down, greet athletes, assist with coaches). If you are able to get 5 Kohl’s volunteers to come out your program can receive a $500 donation. If you are interested please complete this Kohl’s Volunteer request form. We will post the event on the appropriate site and make the first call to the local store. We will provide contact information for you to follow-up. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.