Student Services Programs

Coach & Captains Retreats

Designed to bring together coaches and team captains to develop leadership strategies, communication, team building, and role modeling. Parents are included in the retreat. The retreat--one early in the school year and one in the spring--is limited to a coach, a parent, and up to four rising captains. It is 10-12 hours in length. There is no cost for a school to send a team!

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D.R.E.A.M. (Daring to Role model Excellence as Athletic Mentors) TEAM

Selected student-athletes promote positive leadership skills and healthy lifestyles to elementary and middle school students. Criteria for Team selection begins with a student-athlete's commitment to remain drug-free. The D.R.E.A.M. Team's training prepares them to form a new kind of team whose goal is to present a united approach to young students to be academically and athletically successful.

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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 (

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PATH (Peer Athlete Team Helpers)

A mentoring program for young athletes at risk of developing drug and alcohol problems and other behaviors destructive to their academic and athletic education. PATH joins young athletes (rookies) with trained, successful varsity athletes (mentors) in a relationship that benefits the athletes, their teams, and their school. The athlete mentors help the rookies adjust to academics, school rules, organized sports, and the school social world.

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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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