Craven County

Welcome to Special Olympics Craven County!

Special Olympics North Carolina partners with Craven County Parks & Recreation to run the local Special Olympics program in Craven County. It is our pleasure to serve the citizens of Craven County in providing a fun and safe experience as they compete, coach, volunteer and cheer. Special Olympics has been offered in Craven County for over 40 years.

More than 300 athletes participate in local and state level competitions in Olympic-type sports such as bowling, basketball, bocce, volleyball, equestrian and more. There is a place for everyone…Get involved today!

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In a partnership between Craven County Parks & Rec and City of New Bern Parks & Rec, Special Olympics Craven County is excited to announce the Young Athletes Day Play Program starting this summer!

This inclusive early childhood sports and educational play program for children aged 2 to 7 years old, with and without intellectual disabilities, and includes games, songs and other fun, physical activities. With an emphasis on training and participation through activities and play, rather than competition, young athletes will learn basic sports skills like kicking and throwing a ball, and playing with others. Young Athletes™ also provides children with gross motor skills training, group interaction and socialization opportunities.


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Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Steven Aster

406 Craven Street
New Bern, NC  28560
252-636-6606 (W)
252-636-6685 (F)

Community Resource Director – East

Nikita Gandhi

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.

  • Edward Harrison
  • Charles Butler