Philosophy and vision
The philosophy behind the Special Olympics movement is that if individuals with intellectual disabilities can receive appropriate instruction and encouragement, receive consistent and quality training, and compete amongst those with equal abilities, the results can be tremendous. Those results are personal growth, stronger families and united communities, and an environment of equality, respect and acceptance for all.
SONC Sport Competitions
Local Program Competitions
Many local programs host local competitions for athletes in their community. The most popular local program competition is Spring Games. Athletes across the county and sometimes multiple counties compete in these local competitions managed by the local program leadership and volunteers. As a true grassroots movement, this is where the majority of the nearly 40,000 athletes of SONC are reached.
SONC Local Program Invitationals
Local programs host invitationals in a variety of sports to provide additional competition opportunities for athletes from multiple local programs. These invitationals are managed locally by dedicated volunteer leadership.
Athletes from all across the state may also compete in state-level events throughout the year. The largest state-level event is the Summer Games traditionally held in Raleigh. Other yearly state-level events include the Equestrian Tournament, Cheerleading Tournament, Winter Games for Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding and Fall Tournament. In certain years, SONC also holds Winter Games for Figure Skating. Most of these events include a formal Opening Ceremony as well as a dance to provide a full event experience.
Young Athletes is an early childhood sports play program for children ages 2 to 7 years old. This program includes games, songs, and other fun physical activities to get future athletes moving and ready for sport training! These young athletes work on the physical skills needed for sport training, so they are ready to play when they turn 8. Young Athletes is an inclusive program and can be provided to children with and without intellectual disabilities.
To Sum It All Up
Special Olympics has something for everyone! Special Olympics programming is happening year-round, all over the state of North Carolina. Athletes and Unified partners are training and competing in a variety of Olympic-type sports across the state, country and the world. To sum it all up:
• Sport is the vehicle – it all starts with sports!
• Training is the key.
• Competition is the means.
• Skill, confidence, courage and joy are the outcomes.
• Better preparation for life is the goal.
• Lifelong skills and increased independence are the results.
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