Buncombe County

Welcome to Special Olympics Buncombe County!

Special Olympics Buncombe county is sponsored by Buncombe County Recreation Services and serves nearly 480 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the county. Training and competitive programs are offered in 11 sports and Young Athletes.

Become an Athlete

Special Olympics Buncombe County offers sports training and competition for individuals with an intellectual disability ages 8 and up. Young Athletes programming is available for children ages 2-7.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of Special Olympics. From helping with fundraising activities to assisting at competitions and practices, volunteers are always welcome and appreciated! Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Become a Coach

Coaching Special Olympics athletes may be one of the most rewarding things you do! We provide all the training necessary to help you and the athletes succeed! Coaches must be at least 18 years old.

Upcoming Events

Special Olympics Buncombe County Summer Picnic
Date: Saturday, July 27; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Buncombe County Sports Park
58 Apac Cir, Asheville, NC 28806

If you are the parent/guardian or athlete, please register here.
If you are a coach or volunteer, please register here.

Please invite anyone who is interested in Special Olympics, even if they are not part of our program yet. There will be games and food!


Special Olympics Buncombe County Rowdown Throwdown
Date: Saturday, August 17; 10 a.m. (registration opens at 9 a.m.)
Location: South Slope CrossFit 
217 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, click here.

Sports Offered

Special Olympics Buncombe County Partners

BeerCity CrossFit

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)


Community Resource Director – West

Lauren Bruce

919-719-7662 x106

VP of Community Resources

Lindsay Waldron

704-358-1935 x161

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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.

  • Rob Powell
  • Paige Soderman

Beer City Crossfit partners with Special Olympics Buncombe County

Beer City Crossfit and Special Olympics Buncombe County have partnered to highlight the efforts of Special Olympics athletes through inclusive fitness programming. Athletes attend a Unified workout once a month with a partner who is a members of the gym.  Athletes and partners work on endurance, core strength, balance, proper breathing, and so much more. Not only do our athletes get a great workout in, they have made new lifelong friends!