Durham County

Welcome to Special Olympics Durham County!

More than 200 athletes train year-round in 11 different sports and compete in local-, regional- and state-level events. Special Olympics Durham County partners with the City of Durham Parks and Recreation for use of facilities and equipment. Our offices are in the Edison Johnson Center on Murray Avenue, a Parks and Recreation facility.

In-School Special Olympics Training
School-aged youth, in self-contained classes for students with developmental disabilities are offered a variety of Special Olympic sports options. Information will be disseminated throughout the school system. Contact Kristen Randall 560-1301 for more information.

Please see our Parks and Rec website for information about Special Olympics Durham County.

Upcoming Events

Sports Offered

Fall/Winter Sports

Athletics (Mar-Jun) (Ages 8+)

Sundays 5:00-6:00pm @ Durham Academy Upper School

Basketball (Winter) (Ages 12+)

Sundays 4:00-6:00pm @ Edison Johnson or Holton Resource Center

Bowling (Mar-Jun) (Ages 8+)

Sundays 5:00-6:00pm @ Village Lanes *Limited Space*

Buddy Sports (Ages 3-15)

Soccer (Sep-Oct) @ Herndon Park
Basketball (Jan-Feb) @ Lyon Park Community Center
This program is run through Durham County Parks & Recreation – there will be a fee for this program.

Cheerleading  (Winter) (Ages 8+)

Sundays 4:00-5:30pm @ Edison Johnson Community Center

Equestrian (Year-Round) (Ages 8+)

Contact Brad Glazer @

Flag Football (Mar-Spring Time) (Ages 8+)

Contact William Clemmons @

Golf  (Jun-Nov) (Ages 12+)

Mondays 4:30-6:00pm @ Hillandale Golf Course

Powerlifting (Sep-Jun) (Ages 16+)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm @ Durham YMCA

Rollerskating (Sep-Nov) (Ages 8+)

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm @ Wheels Fun Plex

Soccer (Aug–Nov) (Ages 8+)

Sundays 5:00-6:30pm @ Valley Springs Park – Starting August 26, 2018

Softball (Mar-Jun) (Ages 12+)

Mondays 5:00-6:30pm @ Pinneywood Park

Swimming (Mar-Jun) (Ages 8+)

Sundays 5:00-7:00pm @ Duke Aquatics Pool – Brodie Gym

Tennis – (Aug – Nov) (Ages 8+)

Sundays 3:30-4:30pm @ Whippoorwill Park

Unified Sports (Ages 14+)

September – Flag Football
March – Basketball
Contact Kristen Randall @

Young Athletes

Special Olympics Durham County Sponsors

Durham Parks and Rec
Durham County Insurance Company

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Kristen Randall

1309 Halley Street
Durham, NC  27707
919-560-1301 (W)
919-560-4823 (F)

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.

  • Kelli Hutson
  • Richard Neal