New Hanover County

Welcome to Special Olympics New Hanover County!

More than 500 athletes train year-round in 13 different sports and compete in local, regional and state-level events. Special Olympics New Hanover County partners with Wilmington Parks and Recreation for use of facilities and equipment. Our offices are located at 302 Willard Street in Downtown Wilmington.

If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to have your help and support. Volunteers can serve in a variety of ways: data entry, coaching, staffing events, presenting awards, registering athletes at local competitions and more. Please contact the local coordinator to get involved!  Special Olympics reveals the champion in us all!

Special Olympics New Hanover County Polar Plunge – February 11, 2017

Athletes must meet the following requirements to participate:

  1. Meet Special Olympics eligibility.
  2. Have a completed and current Athlete Participation Form on file with Special Olympics New Hanover County.
  3. Meet minimum age requirements for the sport

Athletes are expected to attend practices for team sports and individual sports. Practices are held at least once a week at various locations depending on the sport, and competition opportunities are offered for each during the season.

Volunteers and Volunteer Coaches Needed

Volunteers are the foundation of Special Olympics New Hanover County, making all that we do possible!

In addition, dedicated individuals are needed to coach and train athletes for local and state level competitions in all sports. If you are interested in coaching with Special Olympics New Hanover County, please complete the Volunteer Screening Form and submit it to us at For more information, please contact us at 910-341-7253

Other Activities:

  • Local Dances, Fall/Spring Banquets, Farm Fest, Fall Expo, Basketball Skills Day and much more.

Sports Offered

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Tiffany Lesley

302 Willard Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-341-7253 (W)
910-341-7854 (F)


Community Resource Director – East

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.

  • Stephanie Abel
  • Mark Allen
  • Hilary Duckett
  • Richard S. Hansen
  • Tony Hewitt
  • Ruth Hochstrasser
  • Ian Lerch
  • Anthony Ray
  • James Reilly
  • Lynette Richardson
  • Natalie Robins
  • Dustin Templeton