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Buncombe County

Welcome to Special Olympics Buncombe County!

Special Olympics Buncombe county is sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenway & Recreation and serves nearly 480 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the county. Training and competitive programs are offered in 8 sports.

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

Sports Offered

Contact Information

Local Program Co-Coordinators

Karla Furnari
46 Valley Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 250-4265 (W)

Joshua O’Connor
(828) 713-2083 (C)

Email: buncombe@sonc.net

Community Resource Director – West

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.

  • Timothy Littrell
  • Rob Powell
  • Matt Paoletti
  • Paige Soderman