CHARLOTTE – More than 1,300 Special Olympians are expected to compete in track and field, softball, swimming and other events this month during the 2019 Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games.
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels.
This will mark the 36th year Charlotte Country Day School has hosted the Spring Games.
Roughly 800 volunteers and 150 coaches will support Spring Games events at Country Day, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, Hough High School and Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center.
The following events are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including the opening ceremony:
• April 11: Swimming (all athletes), Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville.
• April 24: Swimming (all athletes), Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, 800 E. M.L.K. Jr Blvd., Charlotte.
• April 26: Track & field, motor activities, softball team (middle/high athletes): Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius.
• April 29: Opening ceremony (all athletes), Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 Independence Blvd., Charlotte.
• April 30: Track & field, softball skills and motor activities (middle/high/adult athletes), Country Day, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte.
• May 1: Track & field, softball teams, softball skills, motor activities and young athletes program (elementary athletes), Country Day, 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte.
Visit www.sonc.net/local-programs/mecklenburg-county for details.