Special Olympics in Raleigh

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photo credit: stephentyler2 via photopin cc

Special Olympics is a sports organization for athletes with intellectual disabilities. There are Special Olympics events all over the world, so you have probably seen or read about them in your country. The next Special Olympics World Games will be in Los Angeles in 2015. Right now, athletes are competing to find out who will go to Los Angeles to represent their countries. You can watch some of these competitions here in Raleigh. You can also participate in events to raise money for the Special Olympics.

For more information on the Los Angeles Special Olympic World Games, check out this website. For more information on local Special Olympics events, go to the Special Olympics North Carolina website. Make sure you look at the calendar of events to find out when and where you can participate.

Welcome to North Carolina!

If you’re reading this blog, you are probably studying English at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. If you’re new here, or if you’ve lived here for years, how much do you know about North Carolina? See if you can answer these 10 questions about our state, and then read the answers below.

  1. When did NC become a state?
  2. How many geographic regions does NC have? What are they?
  3. How many counties are there in NC?
  4. What is the largest city in NC?
  5. Who is the governor?
  6. What is the state motto? What does it mean?
  7. Name 3 places you might visit as a tourist in NC.
  8. What is North Carolina’s nickname?
  9. What happened on Roanoke Island in the late 1580s?
  10. What are the people of NC called?

How many questions did you answer? Check your answers below, and learn some fun new facts about the state where we live!

  1. When did NC become a state?
    North Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies. It was the 12th colony to become a state. It became a state on November 21, 1789.
  2. How many geographic regions does NC have? What are they?
    There are 3 geographic regions in NC – the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, and the Appalachian Mountains.
  3. How many counties are there in NC?
    There are 100 counties in NC.
  4. What is the largest city in NC?
    Charlotte is NC’s largest city. Raleigh is the capital, but it is the 2nd largest city.
  5. Who is the governor?
    Pat McCrory is the governor now. He was elected in 2012, and he will be the governor until 2016.
  6. What is the state motto? What does it mean?
    A motto is a short sentence or phrase to show the beliefs of a person, family, organization, or in this case, state. North Carolina’s motto is Esse quam videri. Translation: To be rather than to seem. It’s about being honest and true to yourself.

    Biltmore House

    Biltmore House in Asheville, NC
    photo by instructor ecparent

  7. Name 3 places you might visit as a tourist in NC.
    There are many interesting places to visit in NC. You can go to Carowinds in Charlotte to ride roller coasters. You can go to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville to see the largest family home in the country. You can go to downtown Raleigh to visit the North Carolina Museum of History or the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. You can go to Wilkesboro to hear bluegrass music (a traditional kind of folk music from the mountains) at MerleFest. You can visit the beautiful beaches along the coast. Talk with your classmates and teacher about other great places to visit!
  8. What is North Carolina’s nickname?
    The official nickname of NC is “The Tarheel State,” but it is also called “The Old North State.”
  9. What happened on Roanoke Island in the late 1580s?
    A group of people moved to the island to start a colony. Their leader went back to England for supplies, and when he returned, everyone was gone. We call these people “The Lost Colony” because to this day, no one knows what happened to them. It is one of the biggest mysteries in American history.
  10. What are the people of NC called?
    People from NC are called North Carolinians. You can also call them Tarheels, but be careful. Many North Carolinians think that the nickname “Tarheel” is only for people who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you call someone who went to NCSU a Tarheel, they might get offended.

Your Turn

What else do you know about North Carolina? Share some information in the comments section so we can all learn something new!