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.

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!

Upcoming Events:

Special Olympics Young Athletes Program (Ages 2-7)

Saturdays, June 17 – July 29 from 9:30-10:30am (no program on July 1st)
Abbotts Creek Community Center

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.

Detailed sport information is available for the sports listed below. Please read it here!

Sport Start Date Day Time Location
Athletics 3/19/17 Sundays 2:30pm-4:30pm (on March 19th ONLY);
1:00pm-3:00pm (All other dates)
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh)
Bowling 3/13/17 Mondays 5:30pm-7:00pm AMF Pleasant Valley
5501 Commercial Ave., Raleigh)
Powerlifting 3/17/17 Fridays 3:00pm-4:00pm The Athletic Lab
(1823 NW Maynard Rd., Cary)
Softball Skills 3/19/17 Sundays 3:00pm-4:00pm Morrisville Community Park
(1520 Morrisville Parkway, Morrisville)
Softball Team 3/12/17 Sundays 3:00pm-4:30pm (Cyclones & Tornados)
4:30pm-6:00pm (Chargers & Hurricanes)
Lions Park
516 Dennis Ave., Raleigh)
Volleyball Skills 3/12/17 Sundays 3:30pm-4:30pm Flaherty Park Community Center
(1226 N White St., Wake Forest)
Volleyball Team 3/13/17 Mondays 6:30pm-8:00pm Laurel Hill Community Center
3808 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh)

Sports offered in other seasons:

FALL (August – November)
Golf & Golf Skills
Roller Skating
Soccer & Soccer Skills
Tennis & Tennis Skills

WINTER (November – March)
Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
Basketball & Basketball Skills
Ice Skating (Speed & Figure Skating)

SPRING (March – June)
Softball & Softball Skills
Volleyball & Volleyball Skills


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.

2016-2017 SOWC Local Competition Schedule

Spring Games (Track & Field) Competitions
Eligible Schools Date Location
Middle/High Wednesday, April 19 Ravenscroft School
Elementary Thursday, April 20 Ravenscroft School
Middle/High Wednesday, May 3 Cary Academy
Elementary Thursday, May 4 Cary Academy


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!  You can also donate to our current fundraising campaign!

Contact Information

Local Program Coordinator

Christen Winstead

2405 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC  27607
919-831-6470 (F)

Field Services Director – East

Lindsay Waldron – VP of Field Services

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
  • Carl Hibbert, Jr.
  • Darlene Merentino
  • Theara Sanders
  • Thomas Stephenson
  • Romas Gabrielli
  • Sammy Flores
  • Casey Phillips
  • Glendon Finley