For more information about Special Olympics or the Visually Impaired Program please contact Special Populations Coordinator Steve Glahn at (336) 570 6760.
–Special Olympics Alamance County serves almost 400 special needs athletes in the Alamance community and involves 1000s of volunteers yearly. We offer basketball, aquatics, golf, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian sports, and alpine skiing. We participate in 4 local tournaments and 8 statewide competitions. We also offer periodic special events and activities for our athletes, such as the recent basketball clinic with the UNC Chapel Hill team, which you can read about here.
Basketball: Basketball has started and the local tournaments are coming up on February 4th for elementary and middle schools and February 11th for high schools. Tournaments will be held at Fairchild Recreation Center from 8:30am to 2:00pm on both of those days. The state tournament will be in March.
Aquatics: The state aquatics meet occurs each summer. The aquatics practices have started.
Golf: The state golf competition takes place each fall.
Bocce: The local bocce tournament is held in October, the state tournament in November.
Bowling: The local bowling event occurs in December, the state one in November.
Cycling: The state cycling competition takes place in the fall.
Equestrian: The state equestrian competition takes place each October.
Alpine skiing: The skiing competition occurs in January.
*Cycling and bowling will begin soon.
–Spring Games 2016 will take place Friday, April 15th at Elon University. Each year SOAC partners with Elon University to present the Special Olympics Spring Games. The University provides facilities, volunteers, and support for the event. The Games include races, softball throws, games, and more. About 400 athletes participate each year with more than 1,000 volunteers involved.
-Our annual Unity in Community event takes place each fall. This special event brings together our special needs folks with the community for a day of sports, food, and fun.
-The Visually Impaired Program offers monthly outings for members of the community with visual impairments. Past activities have included bowling, a plane ride over Burlington, and mini golf. Recently, the VIP group joined the regular crowd at Pleasant Grove Community center for a potluck lunch and some high spirited bingo! The February VIP event will be a pottery outing. Stay tuned for dates.