Cabarrus County

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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-Thursday, April 13-14, 10am – 3pm
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC Highway 49, North, Concord, NC
Rain Date: 4/27-28


2015 Special Olympics World Games
The Special Olympics World Games took place in Los Angeles this summer and two individuals from Cabarrus County got to be a part of it.

Starr Kluttz competed in aquatics at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on USC’s campus against individuals from all over the world. She practiced hard and competed well. She received a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle, a participation ribbon in the 50m backstroke, and a 4th place ribbon in the 4×100 relay. She represented the United States, North Carolina, and our county so well! Not only did she have a great time competing, but she also made friends from all over the world.

Paige Soderman attended the World Games as the official Special Olympics NC athlete volunteer. Each state had the opportunity to send an athlete to volunteer and Paige was chosen. She did a great job as she greeted athletes, gave out thousands of high fives, and answered questions at UCLA’s campus.
Unified Champion Schools
We are looking for local teens who may want to start Unified Champion Schools at their school and be a part of a Youth Activation Council that consist of other teens in the county who want to support individuals in our community who have intellectual disabilities.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Emily Riley.

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)

Field Services Director – West

Lindsay Waldron – VP of Field Services

704-358-1935, ext. 161

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