WHAT IS INTERSCHOLASTIC UNIFIED TRACK AND FIELD?
Special Olympics North Carolina Unified track and field is an interscholastic sport program where students with and without intellectual disabilities train and compete together on one team. Through a partnership with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), Special Olympics North Carolina continues to grow Unified track and field throughout the state.
If you are interested at starting a Unified track and field program at your high school, please contact Hailey Miller to get started!
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ABOUT UNIFIED TRACK AND FIELD IN NORTH CAROLINA
Special Olympics North Carolina Unified track and field started in 2015 in Wake County with two schools, Garner and Wakefield High. With the support of the Wake County District Athletic Director, Deran Coe, Wake County Athletics was the first county in North Carolina to endorse Special Olympics North Carolina Unified Track and Field. Since then, Special Olympics North Carolina Unified Track and Field has expanded to over 30 schools with over 200 students with and without intellectual disabilities practicing and competing together.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has long been a supporter of Special Olympics North Carolina Unified track and field. Special Olympics Unified track and field athletes first competed at the NCHSAA State Championships in 2015 in the 4x100m team relay. In 2022, Special Olympics and the NCHSAA created a new position to oversee and manage the Unified track and field program.
What is available for students after they graduate?
The fun doesn’t stop once students graduate! Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sport training and competition for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities in 20 Olympic-type sports. Special Olympics North Carolina training and competition takes place in almost every county in the state. You can find contact information for your community here.
How can Unified partners stay involved?
- Unified Campus Recreation Intramurals – Did you know that over 10 colleges and universities in North Carolina offer Special Olympics Unified intramurals!? See if the college or university you’re attending in the fall offers this programming.
- Become a coach!
- Get involved with the local program in your community.
Check out the Special Olympics Graduation Packet for more information on many ways to stay involved with Special Olympics throughout your life.