Wake County

Welcome to Special Olympics Wake County!

Special Olympics Wake County partners with the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department.  With over 1,600 athletes training and competing year-round in Wake County, our local program is among the largest and most active in North Carolina.  We offer training in 15 seasonal sports and host several local school based competitions throughout the year.

Want to become a Special Olympics Wake County athlete?

Athletes interested in getting involved should complete the following athlete interest survey (CLICK HERE).  Once submitted, you will be added to our email list, and notified at the start of each registration period for our upcoming seasonal sports.

2018-2019 General Information for Classrooms

School Guide to Participating with Special Olympics Wake County

Each school year, Special Olympics Wake County invites local schools to participate in Basketball Skills (Fall) and Spring Games (Spring) competitions.  If you are a teacher, and want more information on how to register your class for one of the following events, please contact us.


Volunteers are the foundation of Special Olympics Wake County, making all that we do possible!  We are currently looking for volunteer coaches, local competition event volunteers, sponsors and more!
If you are interested in coaching with Special Olympics Wake County, please complete the following volunteer interest survey.


Since athletes never pay a fee to participate in Special Olympics, donations and sponsorships allow our program to purchase seasonal sport equipment, pay facility rental fees, purchase uniforms, and pay for travel (hotels, competition registration fees, etc.).  Contact us if you are interested in being a sponsor of our program.  We would love your support!

The 2019 Wake County Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, March 2 at the North Hills Club Pool. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, click here to learn more.

Sports offered:

Additional Opportunities:

Green Hope High School student Caroline Le starts Abilities Dance classes that are FREE to all Special Olympics athletes and others with intellectual disabilities.  Register today to join in this great opportunity!

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Christen Winstead

2405 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC  27607

VP of Community Resources

Lindsay Waldron
704-358-1935, ext. 161

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.

  • Kristine Hughes
  • Kelley Burrows
  • Judith Nutter
  • Chris Oehler
  • Darlene Merentino
  • Theara Sanders
  • Thomas Stephenson
  • Romas Gabrielli
  • Sammy Flores
  • Casey Phillips
  • Glendon Finley
  • Megan Czejkowski
  • Bryan Henry