Special Olympics provides year-round
sports training and athletic competition in
a variety of Olympic-type sports for children
and adults with intellectual disabilities,
giving them 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.
The goal is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to
become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their
Community-based Programs
School-based Programs
School-based programming is offered to students in self-contained special
education classrooms in Orange County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools.
With the guidance of adapted physical education instructors, teachers may elect
to participate in recreational activities outside the classroom.

  • Fall -swimming
  • Spring - bowling
Special Olympics Orange County
Community-based programs run generally on Sunday afternoons and evenings,
with games scheduled through the season.

  • Fall - soccer, bocce, golf, tennis
  • Winter - basketball, alpine skiing
  • Spring - softball, track, cycling, swimming
  • Summer - swimming, equestrian
Welcome to SOOC!
Special Olympics Orange County is sponsored by the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. Our offices
are located at 200 Plant Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Our telephone number is 919-968-2810 and
fax number is 919-932-2923. Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation for the Benefit of
Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities.  
Privacy Policy
Our Goal
Our Mission
Colleen Lanigan
Office: 919-968-2810
Fax: 919-932-2923
Special Olympics Orange County
is a subprogram of
Olympics North Carolina and is
authorized and accredited by
Special Olympics North Carolina,
which is accredited by SOI.
Winter Basketball and
Alpine Skiing&

Practices begin the weekend of
December 5th and 6th and the
season runs through March 6,

SONC is no longer offering basketball as a
winter sport, but we will remain with winter
basketball programming for the immediate
and foreseeable future (SONC competition
calendar has basketball as a fall sport
beginning fall 2016).  Therefore, there are
no mandatory qualifiers at this time but we
will be working in cooperation with other
local counties to host invitational

Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
runs December 6, 2015 through
February 9, 2016 on limited
These videos feature athletes, parents, and
volunteers who have participated in Special
Olympics Orange County. They highlight the
spirit of the program and show how much fun
athletes and volunteers have while

These videos were created by Supriya Davis for her
Girl Scout Gold Award Service Project
August, 2009

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