Special Olympics Cabarrus County

 Welcome to Special Olympics Cabarrus County! Based out of Cabarrus County Schools, Special Olympics Cabarrus County serves over 750 children and adults with disabilities throughout the county. Training and competition are offered in 16 sports as well as the Youth Athletes Program. Special Olympics Cabarrus County would not be as successful without loyal volunteers. Sign up today to coach a sport, help out at an event or serve on the local steering committee by contacting. Emily Riley. 



Darius Robinson represented North Carolina in the 2014 Special Olympics USA games in Princeton, NJ in cycling. Darius received silver in all of his cycling events – 5K, 10k and 15k. His family was in attendance as well to help coach and cheer him on.

Darius & family









Ron and Lynn Stipe

Ron and Lynn Stipe and their three sons, Connor, Landon and Thomas, were announced as the 2013 Family of the Year for Special Olympics North Carolina at the cycling venue at Fall Tournament.  They are very deserving of this award for all they do for our program and the athletes.  A full coverage article of the Stipe’s family is available in the Charlotte Observer.



Concord Christmas ParadeSpecial Olympics Cabarrus County won first place in the Civic category at the Concord Christmas Parade in November, 2013. Special thanks to all who volunteered to design, build, and pull the float.  A special thank you to all of the athletes and family members who turned out to participate in the parade and represent Cabarrus County!



  • Ben Mynatt Children’s Foundation chose Special Olympics Cabarrus County as one of the organizations to receive money raised from their annual golf tournament.  Thank you to everyone at Ben Mynatt Children’s Foundation for your incredible support!
  • Speedway Children’s Charities awarded a grant to Special Olympics Cabarrus County to help reach younger members of our community who qualify for our program.  Thank you to the Stipe Family for representing Special Olympics Cabarrus County at the awards ceremony.



  • 9/13/2014 – Central Bocce Qualifier – Burlington
  • 9/15/14     Cheerleading Interest Meeting time and location yet to be determined.
  • 9/20/14 – Special Olympics Cabarrus County information booth at Safetypalooza for Safe Kids Cabarrus @ Kmart Parking Lot – Concord
  • 9/19-21/2014 State Level Equestrian competition in Raleigh
  • 9/27/14 – Tennis Qualifier @ Les Myers Park (need about 20 volunteers)
  • 9/27/14 – Golf Qualifier @ Skybrook Golf Club (need 5 volunteers)
  • 11/1/14 – Local Bowling Tournament @ Foxfire Lanes (need about 30 volunteers)
  • 02/7/15 – Basketball Qualifier – location TBD
  • 04/15/15 & 04/16/15 – Spring Games @ Cabarrus Arena and Event Center (volunteers needed)
  • 04/25/15 – Athletics Qualifier, Softball Qualifier, Volleyball Qualifier all locations TBD
  • 04/25/15 – Powerlifting Qualifier @ Crossfit Unite
  • 05/01/15 – Ladies Bunco Night Fundraiser @ McGill Baptist Church




Volunteers are needed for various qualifier events (see dates in Upcoming Events).

If you are interested in volunteering for either opportunity, please contact Emily Riley (704) 490-8036 or emily.riley@cabarrus.k12.nc.us




Calendar and Contact Information  
This calendar lists all SONC events happening in the county including area events, fundraisers, local events, area events and state-level events.



Local Program Coordinator
Emily Riley
Cabarrus County Schools
7321 Raging Ridge Rd.
Harrisburg, NC 28075
704-454-7300 (W)
704-490-8036 (C)

Field Services Director-West

Michael Garguilo


Sports training and special programs (click the sport you are interested in):

Aquatics Athletics Basketball
Bocce Bowling Cheerleading
Cycling Equestrian
Powerlifting Soccer
Tennis Volleyball