Since 1968, the Special Olympics movement has used the transformative power of sports to change and improve the lives of adults and children with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics North Carolina is one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world with nearly 40,000 registered athletes who train and compete in year-round programs in 19 different sports. Thanks to the power of sports, athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Registered Special Olympics athletes are never asked to pay a fee to participate in any Special Olympics programming.
Team NC to attend 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
In July 2018, 62 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes will attend the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington. From July 1 to 6, they will compete against athletes from around the country in athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The cost of each athlete’s attendance will be raised by Special Olympics North Carolina. Strong financial support from individual donors will allow the sports dreams of each athlete to come true.