The mission of Special Olympics is to provide 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.
Special Olympics aims to combine high quality sports with a wide audience, and be a driving force for social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) is organized at the grassroots level with nearly 100 accredited local programs serving almost every county in the state. Most local programs are organized by county. Local programs are managed by local coordinators who oversee all aspects of the program ranging from athlete registration to fundraising to organizing local training and competition.
The Statesville Recreation & Parks Department is proud to be the local program facilitator for Iredell County.