Student Programs

Coach & Captains Retreats

Our Coach & Captains Retreat plans on returning during the Fall of 2023!! Designed to bring together coaches and team captains to develop leadership strategies, communication, team building, and role modeling. The retreat--one early in the school year and one in the spring--is limited to a coach and up to four rising captains per school. It will be a 1 day retreat during the week. There is no cost for a school to send a team!

For more information on Coach & Captains Retreats, please click here.

SASI (Student-Athlete Summer Institute)

Designed to help student-athletes develop leadership skills to serve as peer educators about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and develop mentoring skills. Student-athletes must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors. A school sends at least 2 students plus an adult mentor, preferably a coach. There is no cost to the student-athlete who attends; however, schools are asked to pay a $125 registration fee per student from Safe and Drug-Free Schools' money or other school funds.

Regional Directors

Central Region: Teresa Coleman (
Mountain Region: Dawn Lowe (
Piedmont Region: Heather Holt ( and Rachel Davis (
Southeast Region: Kenesha Simmons (

For more information on SASI, please click here.


Special Olympics North Carolina is, first and foremost, a sports organization made up of athletes of all ability levels, training and competing in Olympic-type sports. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (formerly known as Project UNIFY) are built upon the premise that to have the greatest impact; the change process needs to start with young people. Unified Champion Schools bring youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through education, sports, and related initiatives that promote acceptance, respect, and human dignity for all students.

A partnership between Special Olympics North Carolina and NCHSAA is a natural fit. This Unified Sports® collaboration introduces Project UNIFY’s inclusion theme into the athletic departments. Together with the NCHSAA, Special Olympics North Carolina believes Unified Champion Schools will create change throughout the state through sports' joy.

For more information on Unified Sports, contact Nathan Brookins (

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