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.

Spring Sports Schedule

Spring sports information is coming soon!


Upcoming Events

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

Athlete Volunteer Days at Ronald McDonald House
Dates and times vary. View the flyer for more information.

Special Olympics Gaston County Basketball Practice
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – Tuesday, March 5, 2019
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Phillips Center
2031 Echo Lane, Gastonia

Belmont Abbey – Special Olympics Club
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location TBD

Special Olympics Gaston County Skating Practice
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Saturday, March 2, 2019
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kate’s Skating Rink
1151 Skating Rink Drive, Gastonia

Special Olympics Gaston County Painting Party Fundraiser
Friday, March 29, 2019
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bradley Center
1200 Modena Street, Gastonia

Special Olympics Gaston County Polar Plunge
Saturday, February 23, 2019
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lineberger Pool in Gastonia
Register online here.

Special Olympics Gaston County MedFest
Thursday, March 7, 2019
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carolinas Rehabilitation – Mount Holly
275 Beatty Dr., Belmont
Complete registration by February 14!

Special Olympics Gaston County Fishing Derby
Saturday, March 16, 2019
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Rankin Lake Park
To register, email, first come, first serve.

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