Gaston County

Welcome to Special Olympics Gaston County! Special Olympics Gaston County serves nearly 300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the county. Training and competition programs are offered in 11 sports.

Volunteers make Special Olympics programs possible! Contact Ashley Anderson get involved as a coach,  or a volunteer at an event, or serve on a committee.

Fall Sports Schedule

Detailed sport information is available for the fall sports season. Please read it here!

Sport Start Date Day Time Location
Basketball Skills 8/23/18 Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Phillips Center
2031 Echo Lane, Gastonia
Basketball 3-on-3 8/23/18 Thursdays 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Phillips Center
2031 Echo Lane, Gastonia
Basketball 5-on-5 10/1/18 Mondays 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Salvation Army Gym 1506 Union Road, Gastonia
Bocce 9/4/18 Mondays
(some Tuesdays)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Park Street United Methodist Church 120 Park Street, Belmont
Soccer Skills 8/20/18 Mondays 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Central YMCA field 615 W Franklin Blvd., Gastonia
Soccer Team 8/20/18 Days vary 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Volcanoes (Mondays)

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Shooters (Tuesdays)

Central YMCA field 615 W Franklin Blvd., Gastonia


Upcoming Events

Committee Meeting
Every 2nd Thursday of the month @ 7-8pm
Gaston County Sheriff’s Department

City of Gastonia Police Department Burpees by the Lake
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

Rock for Autism benefiting Special Olympics Gaston County
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

Fall Games – Bowling (elementary and middle school athletes)
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
George Pappas Liberty Lanes

Fall Games – Bowling (high school and adult athletes)
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
George Pappas Liberty Lanes – Gastonia
Textile Lanes – Belmont

Young Athletes Day
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2018
WC Friday Middle School – Gastonia
Click here for the registration form

City of Gastonia Police Department Halloween 5k
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Gaston County Basketball Invitational
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
Stuart Cramer High School

Special Olympics Gaston County Polar Plunge
Saturday, February 23, 2018
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lineberger Pool in Gastonia

Sports Offered

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Ashley Anderson

61 Central Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28054

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.

  • Tracy Rikard