Catawba County

Welcome to Special Olympics Catawba County! Special Olympics Catawba County serves nearly 400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the county. Training and competition programs are offered in eight sports.

Volunteers make Special Olympics programs possible! We need you! Get involved as volunteer, coach or committee member. Join the fun! Special Olympics reveals the champion in us all!

Special Olympics Catawba County is looking for a Co-Coordinator, anyone interested can contact Melanie Guntner Black at

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Upcoming Events

SPRING Games 2018
Track and Field
Celebrating Special Olympics 50th Anniversary (1968-2018)

DATE: Friday, April 20, 2018
RAIN Date: Friday, April 27, 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM

LOCATION: Newton-Conover High School
338 W 15th St, Newton, NC 28658

Spring & Summer Sports 2018

2018 season starts Sunday, February 4th, 2018 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Location: Lenoir Rhyne University at the Shuford Physical Education Center Pool
625 7th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601

*Come early and be ready to get in pool at 4:00PM. All levels of swimmers welcome.
**2018 Swim Season Registration ends on Sunday, February 18th, 2018
**Season ends on Sunday, May 20th, 2018

SKILLS Softball 2018:
Skills Softball is for athletes who want to build up Skills to play Team Softball in future seasons.
When: Saturday, March 17th
Time: 9AM to 10AM
Where: Softball field across the Conover YMCA at 1104 Conover Blvd E, Conover, NC 28613
Ages: 8 Years and Older (Athletes can be 14 years and older for SKILLS)
Team Softball Registration ENDS: Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Team Softball 2018:
When: Saturday, March 3rd
Time: 10AM to 12PM
Where: Softball field across the Conover YMCA at 1104 Conover Blvd E, Conover, NC 28613
Ages: 14 Years and Older
Team Softball Registration ENDS: Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Bowling 2018:
When: Saturday, March 17th
Time: 11am
Where: Pin Station, 525 W A Street, Newton, NC 28658
Ages: 8 years old and above
*Registration for 2018 Bowling Season will close on Saturday, April 7, 2018*

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Contact Information

Local Program Co-Coordinators

Lisa Carroll

7703 River Bend Road
Claremont, NC  28610
828-308-5847 (C)

Irene Gomez (habla español)


Community Resource Director – West

Melanie Guntner Black

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.

  • Randy Killian
  • Justin Walker