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!

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Spring & Summer Sports 2019

Swimming (Aquatics)
Begins Sunday, January 20
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Lenoir-Rhyne University at Shuford Physical Education Center Pool
625 7th Avenue NE, Hickory NC 28601
Athletes must be at least 8 years old (beginners welcome) and the last day for athletes to register is January 27, 2019. Registration is now closed.
Contact: Theresa Bazzle – (828) 446-7182 or

Begins Saturday, February 2
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pin Station
525 W A St, Newton, NC 28658  
Contact: Joan Mason – (828) 324-7071 or

Flag Football
Begins Sunday, March 31
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fred T Foard Football Field

Begins Saturday, March 2
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Adrian L Shuford Jr. YMCA
1104 Conover Blvd E, Conover, NC 28613  
Contact: Tara Walker – (828) 381-0580 or

Begins Friday, March 1
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hickory Foundation YMCA
701 1st St NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Contact: Oscar Escamilla – (704) 305-8781 or

Upcoming Events

Spring Games 2019
Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Rain Date: Friday, May 10th, 2019
Location: Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds
1 American Legion Ave, Newton NC 28658

Sports Offered

More News

For the 3rd year running, Western Catawba County Kiwanis donated proceeds from the 2018 Crawdads Concession Fundraiser to Special Olympics-Catawba. Parents of Special Olympic athletes worked along side the Kiwanis for three Saturdays resulting in the $2,325.00 donation.

Many thanks to Broome Insurance and PDQ for their support of Special Olympics Catawba County! The Car Wash fundraiser raised $1,051.13!

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Position Open
Current program contact:
Lori Anne Whitman
828.493.2823 (C)

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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.

  • Randy Killian
  • Justin Walker