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 15 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 (emily.riley@cabarrus.k12.nc.us).CabarrusYAExpo


Special Olympics World Games 2015 took place in Los Angeles this summer and two individuals from Cabarrus County got to be a part of it.


Starr Kluttz


Starr Kluttz competed in aquatics at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on USC’s campus against individuals from all over the world.  She practiced hard and competed well.  She received a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle, a participation ribbon in the 50m backstroke, and a 4th place ribbon in the 4×100 relay.  She represented the United States, North Carolina, and our county so well!  Not only did she have a great time competing but she also made friends from all over the world.








Paige Soderman

Paige Soderman


Paige Soderman attended the World Games as the official Special Olympics NC athlete volunteer.  Each state had the opportunity to send an athlete to volunteer and Paige was chosen.  She did a great job as she greeted athletes, gave out thousands of high fives, and answered questions at UCLA’s campus.










Special Olympics North Carolina is making changes to the Sports Calendar this year.  In May, we hosted an information session and sign-ups for the 2015-2016 sports season.  If you are interested in receiving information about the sports calendar and/or the registration form, please contact Emily Riley (emily.riley@cabarrus.k12.nc.us).

Fall Sports begin soon!!  Below is a list of the sports offered in the fall and the practice information.  Remember, in order to participate, an athlete must be at least 8 years old, have an intellectual disability or other related developmental disability, and have a completed Athlete Participation Form on file with our office.  You must register with Emily Riley before attending a practice.

SOCCER – Practice is on Mondays at Frank Liske Park, Field #8 (5:30-6:30pm for skills and 6:30-7:30pm for teams starting August 31st.  Assessment for new players will be held on August 24th at 5:30pm.

BOCCE – Practice is on Tuesdays at the Senior Center from 5:30-6:30pm starting September 1st.

GOLF - Practice will be on Thursdays but the location has not yet been determined. A meeting for interested athletes will be held on August 18th at 6:30pm.  Location TBD.

TENNIS – Practice is on Saturdays at A.L. Brown High School from 10:00-11:00am starting August 29th.

BOWLING – Due to the popularity of this sport, bowling sign-ups are CLOSED.


  • Volunteers with golf experience are needed to help with golf practices on a weekly basis starting in September.
  • Volunteers with tennis experience are needed to help with tennis practices on a weekly basis starting August 29th.
  • Volunteers are needed to help manage athletes on lanes at bowling practices on Friday nights starting September 18th from 5:30-7:45pm at Foxfire Lanes in Kannapolis.  Having bowling experience is a plus but not necessary.
  • We are looking for individuals who may be interested in being a part of the local steering committee.  The steering committee is a group of individuals that helps the local coordinator organize all aspects of the program.  We are looking for people with fundraising experience, event planning, good organizations skills, sports knowledge, etc.
  • We are looking for local teens who may want to start Project Unify at their school and be a part of a Youth Activation Council that consist of other teens in the county who want to support individuals in our community who have intellectual disabilities.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these opportunities, please contact Emily Riley at     (704) 490-8036 or emily.riley@cabarrus.k12.nc.us.



Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer, and Tennis


Aquatics, Athletics, Cheerleading, Cycling, Powerlifting, Softball, and Volleyball


Alping Skiing/Snowboarding, Basketball (Fall 2016), Cheerleading (Train until June)

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 Road
Harrisburg, NC 28075
704-454-7300 (W)
704-490-8036 (C)

Field Services Director-West

Michael Garguilo
336-272-0142 (W)

Local Upcoming Events

  • 04/13 & 14/2016 – Spring Games @ Cabarrus Arena and Event Center (volunteers needed)


Athlete Participation Release Form

Volunteer Screening Form

Unified Partner Application Form

Young Athletes

Project UNIFY