Special Olympics Gaston County

Welcome to Special Olympics Gaston County! Special Olympics Gaston County serves nearly 300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the county. Training and competition programs are offered in 11 sports.

Volunteers make Special Olympics programs possible! Register today to coach a sport, help out at an event, or serve on a committee.

“Solace Suns” Coloring Book Sale Flyer and Order Form

Gaston County Limited Edition T-Shirt Order Form

Congratulations to the Gaston Volcanos and Shooters soccer teams for their participation and hard work in he 2015 Belmont Abbey scrimmages held on October 24th!  What a great time they had, and a huge “thank you” to the players at Belmont Abbey for making their day special!

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Upcoming Events:

  • October 30th: All Athlete Participation Forms’s due for local fall games participation.
  • November 6th-8th: Fall tournament in High Point.
  • November 10th: Committee Meeting 6:30-7:30pm
  • November 11th: Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser Night in Gastonia 11am-closing (print and take ticket)
  • November 12th: Athlete/family Zumba night (hosted by the athlete leadership team) details TBD 6:00-6:45pm
  • November 13th: Local Fall Games at George Pappas Liberty Lanes and AMF Bowling Alleys in Gastonia.
  • November 17th: Athlete Leadership Team Meeting 6:00-6:45pm at Believe in Abilities in Gastonia.
  • December 2nd: Coloring Book Sale ends.
  • January: Basketball and Skiing seasons begin.
  • March 14th: POLAR PLUNGE at Tailrace Marina in Mt. Holly.
  • April 29th: Local Spring Games

Special Announcement:

Special Olympics Gaston County would like to congratulate coach Kelly and her husband, David, and their families, on their newest additions…TWINS!  We did not get a chance to hold a baby shower for coach Kelly in advance, so if anyone would like to donate anything for coach Kelly and her family, we are sure it would be appreciated.  The twin boys will remain in Charlotte for a while until they can return home, so gifts of any kind would be greatly appreciated.  Please email Ashley Anderson at ashleyna99@yahoo.com if you would like to get something to coach Kelly or Betsy States at betsybstates@aol.com to get someting to coach Kelly to say “congratulations.”

Fall Sports!

New opportunity available!  Special Olympics NC is offering an opportunity for those interested in unified bowling.  Unified bowling is an opportunity for an athlete to bowl alongside a partner without a disability.  Partners and athletes must be of similar skill level and work well together.  Unified double pairs are needed to participate in the new Unified Bowling League being held for 6 weeks starting on November 5th at Carolina Lanes in Matthews.  It will be Thursday nights from 6:15-8:00 and 2 unified double pairs will be put together to form 4-man teams to compete alongside other unified pairs and teams for fun and competition.  This is a six-week opportunity.  Special Olympics Gaston County would like to offer this to any athletes or unified partners who might be interested.  Please contact Ashley Anderson at ashleyna99@yahoo.com if interested by THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th to get more information and get signed up.  Registration for this opportunity will close this Friday, October 30th.

Soccer Team and Skills (YMCA, 615 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia)

  • Mondays 6:00-7:30pm (Volcano’s team and soccer skills for NEW athletes)
  • Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm (Shooters team)

Bocce (Webb St. School, 1623 N Webb St, Gastonia)

  • Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Sports We Offer:

  • Fall: Soccer, Bocce, Basketball (starting in 2016)
  • Winter: Skiing (contact coach Kathie Anthony at kathieanthony12@hotmail.com)
  • Spring/Summer: Volleyball, Bowling, Aquatics, Softball, Cheerleading (new in 2016)
  • Late Summer: Equestrian (new in 2016)
  • Young Athletes Program
  • Local Fall and Spring Games in Bowling and Athletics (track and field)


We are looking for more qualified coaches.  As Special Olympics NC changes the sports seasons and the focus shifts from state level competitions to a more local level competition model, we are in greater need for more certified and qualified coaches for our athletes.  Please spread the word.  Anyone interested in coaching should email Ashley Anderson at ashleyna99@yahoo.com for more information.

Current coaches – please log onto sonc.net and look under “coaches” to check your current certifications.  There is a new requirement for coaches: a training course on concussions.  Please log onto the website to take this training ASAP.  It only takes about a half hour.  There will also be information on current certifications/re-certifications at the next committee meeting.


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Calendar and Contact Information  

Local Program Coordinator
Ashley Anderson
1600 Burning Willow Court
Gastonia, NC 28054

Field Services Director-West
Michael Garguilo