Welcome to Special Olympics Orange County! More than 275 athletes train year-round in 12 different sports and compete in local and state-level events. Special Olympics Orange County partners with the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation for use of facilities and equipment.
The goal is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.
Community-based programs run generally on Sunday afternoons and evenings, with games scheduled through the season.
- Fall – soccer, bocce, golf, tennis
- Winter – basketball, alpine skiing
- Spring – softball, track, cycling, swimming
- Summer – equestrian, swimming
School-based programming is offered to students in self-contained special education classrooms in Orange County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools. With the guidance of adapted physical education instructors, teachers may elect to participate in recreational activities outside the classroom.
- Fall: swimming
- Spring: bowling
The following schools are pleased to be a part of Unified Champion Schools in Orange County: Carrboro High, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High.
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is 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 speak up for change in their community.