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 15 sports as well as the Youth 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.

Cabarrus County Spring Games

Wednesday, April 12th (Middle & High Schools plus Adults)
Thursday, April 13th (Elementary School)
Rain Dates: May 10th & 11th

Cabarrus Arena & Event Center (4751 Hwy 49 N, Concord)
Opening Ceremonies begins at 10:00 am

Join us as over 750 Special Olympics athletes compete in track & field events between the two days! Concessions and merchandise will be available for sale and all the money at our concession stand goes to cover the cost of Spring Games.

Spring Games Platinum Level Sponsors

CCSG Cabarrus County Community Foundation
CCSG Cabarrus Arena
CCSG Sonic
CCSG Bimbo Bakeries
CCSG McDonald’s
CCSG Papa Robbs
CCSG Shoe Show
CCSG Ben Mynatt


  • For the last six years, Harrisburg Business Network has organized an exciting corn hole tournament fundraiser called Bags in the Burg. Each year, they pick an organization to receive the funds they raise. This year, Special Olympics Cabarrus was so grateful to have been picked. It was a HUGE success as Harrisburg Business Network presented SOCC with a check for $10,194.64! Before the big corn hole tournament, SOCC athletes had the opportunity to participate in a Charity Challenge where they played corn-hole against one another! Mandi Auten and her stepdad, Jeff went home winners of this year’s Charity Challenge. Everyone had such a great time and SOCC is very grateful to Harrisburg Business Network for putting on this event and their very generous donation!
  • SOCC athlete, Tyler Davis, and Unified Partner, Chase Baldwin attended the 2016 SONA Golf Invitational in Florida on September 29- October 2. Tyler and Chase proudly took home a gold medal in their division for 9-hole alternate shot and overall had a very fun weekend! Way to go Tyler & Chase!
  • JHE Golfing for Good was held on October 11th at Cabarrus Country Club. JHE Productions organized this event and donated the proceeds to Special Olympics Cabarrus County for a total of $23,269.25! Athletes, Connor and Landon Stipe had the opportunity to meet all the staff and thank them for their overwhelmingly generous donation. Thank you JHE Productions for your support to Special Olympics Cabarrus County!
  • Once again, the parade committee did a phenomenal job this year with the Special Olympics float that was in the Concord Christmas Parade. This float received first place in the Civic group! Congratulations to the parade committee for receiving this award and thanks for all your hard work. The athletes showed everyone how they are true heroes!

Sports Offered

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Emily Riley

Cabarrus County Schools
7321 Raging Ridge Road
Harrisburg, NC  28075
704-454-7300 (W)
704-490-8036 (C)

Community Resource Director – West

Melanie Guntner

919-719-7662 x133

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