Alamance County

Welcome to Special Olympics Alamance County!

Based out of Alamance County Parks & Recreation, Special Olympics serves nearly 400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from throughout the county. Training and competition programs are offered in 13 sports, year-round in each season and offers athletes the chance to participate in athlete leadership opportunities.  The local program offers local competition opportunities. Athletes that participate in any of the offered sports are given the opportunity to compete at area and state level events, as well as other league and scrimmage competitions with neighboring counties.

Athletes serve as Global Messengers, public speakers, that raise awareness and support for the local program, and athletes also have the opportunity to sit on the local committee.

Coaches are provided with the necessary orientation and training they need to become effective and knowledgeable as a Special Olympics trainer in the sport of their choice.

For our athletes, coaches, and volunteers, Special Olympics is a year round event that gives children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy at all levels and at no cost.  The program is constantly adding new sports to give athletes many choices and rewarding opportunities to grow physically, socially, and improve their overall quality of life.

Volunteers make Special Olympics programs possible!  Come out and coach a sport, help out at an event, or serve on a committee.  Contact Steve Glahn at 336-570-6760 for more information.

Sports Offered

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Emily Vermeer

Alamance County Parks & Recreation
3916 R. Dean Coleman Road
Burlington, NC  27215
336-570-6760 (W)

Community Resource Director – East

Lauren Bruce

919-719-7662 x106

VP of Community Resources

Lindsay Waldron

704-358-1935 x161

Global Messengers

Global Messengers are Special Olympics athletes who have been trained in public speaking to serve as ambassadors for the organization.  They can recruit potential athletes, volunteers and sponsors through public presentations. To schedule a Global Messenger appearance, please contact the local coordinator.

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