|Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports to over 38,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Athletes train for a minimum of eight weeks with an average 1-2 practices per week. Most sports require athletes to compete in an area qualifier event if they are interested in moving on to state-level competition. Sports competition is available for eligible athletes 8 years old and older, and there is no age limit.
Children ages 2-7 who have an intellectual disability may participate in the Young Athletes Program which prepares them for sport competition later in life. Special Olympics also offers the Motor Activities Training Program for athletes with more profound disabilities.
See a complete listing of sports offered through Special Olympics in North Carolina.
Would you like to become a Special Olympics athlete? Learn more!
Or would you like to become a Special Olympics coach? Learn more!
If you do not have an intellectual disability but are interested in competing alongside your friend, sibling, etc. who does qualify for Special Olympics, you can do so through Unified Sports!
In addition to sports training and competitions happening every day at the local program level, SONC athletes have the opportunity to compete in events at the state, national and even international level!
To learn more about sports with Special Olympics North Carolina, contact Andrea Stamm.