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!

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 reach out 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.

Upcoming Events

Movie Night
Halyburton Park
4099 S 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28412
Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m.

Fall Invitational
Invitational competition in soccer, basketball, bocce and tennis
Sunday, October 6

Fall Games Expo
Legion Stadium
2149 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington, NC 28412
Wednesday, October 16

Young Athletes Fall Games
Young Athletes is for individuals 2-7 years-old of all abilities
Legion Stadium
2149 Carolina Beach Rd., Wilmington, NC 28412
Wednesday, October 23

Halloween Dance
Halyburton Park
4099 S 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28412
Sunday, October 27

Farm Fest Fun Day
Wilmington Christian Academy
1401 N College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28405
November- Day & Time TBA


Fall Sports Practices:

  • Soccer
    • Where: Field beside Fit For Fun Center (302 S 10th St).
    • When: Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (August 27 – October 29)
  • Bocce
    • Where: Inland Greens (5945 Inland Greens Dr.)
    • When: Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:00 p.m (August 27 – October 29)
  • Tennis
    • Where: Althea Gibson Tennis Complex (3405 Park Ave.)
    • When: Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (August 22 – October 24)
  • Basketball
    • Where: Williston Middle School (401 S 10th St.)
    • When: Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (3×3) and 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (5×5) (August 28 – October 30)
  • Flag Football
    • Where: University of North Carolina Wilmington
    • When: Mondays (September 16 – November 18)
    • Call 910-341-7253 for more information and to sign up.
  • Golf
    • Call 910-341-7253 for more information and to sign up.

Sports Offered

Contact Information

Local Program Co-Coordinators

Johnathan Batts
Brooke Deamaral

302 Willard Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-341-5876 (W)

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
  • Ruth Hochstrasser
  • Ian Lerch
  • Andro Keck
  • James Reilly
  • Natalie Robins
  • Dustin Templeton