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Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC)

The Special Olympics Mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with physical and 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 Olympic athletes and their communities.

Special Olympics is a non-profit program that began in 1968 with a total of 1,000 athletes from the U.S and Canada.  Athletes in North Carolina are never charged a fee of any kind to participate in Special Olympics. Generous support from individuals, businesses, foundations, and civic groups helps fund the training facilities, uniforms, awards, equipment, transportation, and coaches’ education that are important to every athlete’s experiences.

Community Support
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One community funding source for the SONC is The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run®.  This program unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina.  The Torch Run efforts to raise funds include: collecting corporate sponsorships, T-shirt and hat donations, and hosting unique fundraising events.

Approximately 2,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers, sheriff deputies and corrections officers will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 2,000 miles, running through thousands of North Carolina communities via different legs (routes) to its final destination – the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in June.

The Morrisville Police Department takes a very active role in fund-raising and the promotion of these programs.  In 2015, community volunteers, sponsors, and Morrisville officers raised over $6000.00, earning a coveted name place on the back of this year’s 2016 Torch Run T-shirt.

Make a Difference
Torch Run fundraising efforts include apparel sales through donations.  Officers and citizens volunteer their time to support their local athletes and all funds raised by law enforcement personnel go to Special Olympics.

Citizens and businesses wishing to support this worthwhile program can make checks payable to "Special Olympics North Carolina".  Donations can be mailed directly to the Morrisville Police Department, PO Box 166, Morrisville, N.C. 27560 to the attention of Detective Tracy Skeeter.


If you are interested in donating for a 2016 Torch Run shirt or hat, please email Detective Skeeter or call her at 919.463.1651.

For more information about the Special Olympics of NC, click on the link.

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