It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
Founded in 1971, Special Olympics North Carolina provides services and opportunities to nearly 40,000 athletes, supported by nearly 5,000 volunteer coaches, and we host nearly 600 competitions annually.
Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities throughout the world face. In addition to sports, our programmatic offerings currently include: Athlete Leadership Programs, Healthy Athletes, Healthy Communities, Young Athletes, Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics Unified Sports, and NC Law Enforcement Torch Run.