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 16 sports as well as the Young Athletes Program. Special Olympics Cabarrus County would not be as successful without loyal volunteers. Come out and coach a sport, help out at an event, or serve on the local steering committee, just contact Emily Riley.

Current Volunteer Needs

  • Our Spring Sports season is about to begin! If you are interested in helping with any of the sports below, please contact or (704) 490-8036.
    • Swimming: We are looking for individuals who feel comfortable being in the water and working one-on-one or with a small group of athlete.
      Practice Info: Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings (5:45-7:00 pm) at West Cabarrus YMCA (Starting February 27th)
    • Cycling: We are looking for individuals who know about cycling and who would be willing to work one-on-one with an athlete.
      Practice Info: TBD
  • Spring Games is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. Rain dates will be April 18 and 19.  We need 100s of volunteers to do things like competition assistants, awards, buddies, check-in, etc.  You can register online to Volunteer at  Though we would like everyone to sign up online, if you would like a form, please reach out to


  • SPRING SPORTS WEBINAR – Emily Riley hosted a Spring Sports Webinar to give information to families of qualifying individuals who have yet to participate in our Sports Program. To learn more about our sports program, check out the webinar and related documents.  If you are interested in signing up your child/client to participate in a spring sport, click here.
  • SPRING GAMES T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER – Every year at this time Special Olympics Cabarrus County sells a t-shirt designed by a Special Olympics athlete to sell to school staff, parents, agencies, and the general public.  The winners are:
    • Elena Alvarez, Kannapolis Charter Academy – 1st place & shirt designer
    • Christopher Hildalgo, Shadybrook Elementary – 2nd place
    • Jacquelyn Davila Flores, G.W. Carver Elementary – 3rd placeCheck out Elena’s design.  If you would like to purchase a shirt, please complete the order form and send in to the address on the form.  Shirts are $12 and all the proceeds help pay for Spring Games expenses.  If you have any questions, please contact or (704) 490-8036.
  • The Cabarrus Thunder Volleyball Team has been chosen to represent Team North Carolina at the USA Games in Seattle, summer of 2018. We have 11 athletes and two local coaches from Cabarrus County participating. In order for our team to attend, we must raise around $28,500. If you would like to make a donation, go to: to give online (you can donate to a specific athlete, or make a general donation, and in the comments section, state that the donation is for the Cabarrus Thunder Volleyball Team), or you can mail checks to Emily Riley, made out to Special Olympics NC, with “Cabarrus Thunder Volleyball Team” in the memo line.

Upcoming Events

March 9 – 6pm – Ladies Bunco Night

We want to invite all women and brave men to attend. You will pay at the door so all you need to do is RSVP. Cost is $20 and includes a yummy dinner.  You don’t have to know how to play bunco as we go over all the instructions that night.  Along with attending we need the community’s help with donations.  We are looking for prizes for our raffle. If your company is willing to donate an item, contact

Spring Games

Spring Games 2018
April 11th – Participants are middle school and high school age and adults
April 12th – Participants are elementary school age
Cabarrus Arena and Event Center (4751 NC-49, Concord)
Opening Ceremonies begin at 10:00 am

If you know an individual who qualifies for Special Olympics that is not going with a school or agency, please contact Emily Riley to sign-up the athlete to participate in Spring Games.

Sports Offered

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Emily Riley

Cabarrus County Schools
7321 Raging Ridge Road
Harrisburg, NC  28075
704-490-8036 (C)

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.

  • Patrick Manning
  • Todd Bass
  • Connor Stipe