Special Olympics New Hanover County


New Hanover County shield redWelcome to Special Olympics New Hanover County!

More than 500 athletes train year-round in 11 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.

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Special Olympics World Games 2015 took place in Los Angeles this summer and our local cheerleaders from New Hanover County got to be a part of it.

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If you are interested in receiving information about the sports calendar and/or the registration form, please contact Tiffany Lesley (tiffany.lesley@wilmingtonnc.gov).

Fall Sports have already begun!  Below is a list of the sports offered in the fall and the practice information.  Remember, in order to participate, an athlete must be at least 8 years old, have an intellectual disability or other related developmental disability, and have a completed Athlete Participation Form on file with our office.



Bocce:  Practices will be Wednesdays at Empie Park 5-6:30pm

Bowling:  Bowling every Thursday from 2:45 – 4:45pm at Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard

     FREE Local Tournament: October 3rd Cardinal Lanes Shipyard.  See below for more info!

Soccer:  Practice will be every Tuesday 6:00pm beside FFF on 10th Street

Golf:  Please call 341-7253 for details; practices begin in August

Tennis:  Practices are held Thursdays 4:30 Althea Gibson Tennis Complex

Basketball:  Practices will begin on Tuesday, November 17th – Feb at Williston Middle School, 401 South 10th Street, Wilmington, NC.



MedFest:  Special Olympics NC will offer a MedFest, which is a FREE way to get an updated participation form, at the Convention Center on September 18.                                    

Volleyball Clinic:  Come learn how or just come play volleyball at our clinic at Wilmington Christian Academy on September 21.  No experience necessary.

Flag Football:  League play that will begin in Oct at UNCW.  Registration is required.

Dance:  Halloween Dance will be held on Friday, October 30th at Halyburton Park.

Award Banquet: TBA

Fun Field Day: A fun filled field day at the Wilmington Christian Academy.  Open to all Special Olympics athletes.  The event will be held in November.


Polar Plunge and 5K Run/Walk

The upcoming 12th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K will be held on February 20 in Carolina Beach.  Join us for a fun and great opportunity to support our local program.  Volunteers are needed!

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2015 Local Fall Games – October 21

Special Olympics New Hanover County offers a local Sports Expo (Fall Games) for all Special Olympics athletes.  Athletes get to choose to participate in the following sports: soccer, bocce, volleyball, flag football and track.  The Fall Games will be held on October 21 at Legion Stadium from 9-1pm.  Registration is required.  Volunteers are needed!  Registration is required. 


2015 Local Bowling Competitions – October 3

Special Olympics New Hanover County offers a FREE Bowling Competition for athletes ages 8 and older. The event will be held on October 3 at Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard Blvd.  Volunteers are needed! Registration is required.


2015 Basketball Skills Day – TBA

Special Olympics New Hanover County offers a Basketball Skills Day for all Special Olympics athletes in New Hanover County. The event will be held at UNCW. All schools and group homes practice individually to prepare for these competitions. Volunteers are needed!  Registration is required.


Spring Games – TBA

The local Spring Games (Track and Field) event will be in April at UNCW.  This event is for all Special Olympics athletes in New Hanover County.  Event will begin at approximately 9:30 am and run until 1:30.  Volunteers are needed!  Registration is required.


Camp Shriver – TBA

Camp Shriver is a 5 week sports summer camp for all local New Hanover County Athletes.  Camp will be held in June and July.  Volunteers are needed!  Registration is required.


  • Volunteers are needed to help with weekly practices.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with the local bowling tournament.
  • We are looking for individuals who may be interested in being a part of the local committee.  Our committee is a group of individuals that help the local coordinator organize all aspects of the program.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming Fall Games.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with the MedFest.

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Ashley High School, Hoggard High School and Laney Highs Schools are all pleased to be able to participate in Project Unify this past year.  Project UNIFY is an inclusive program that educates and activates our youth into leadership roles through schools for Special Olympics North Carolina, and is made possible by funding from private donors and the US Department of Education. Please follow the link for more information on Project Unify.









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Calendar and Contact Information  


Local Program Coordinator

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

Field Services Director-East 

Wendy Miller
800-843-6276 x 126 (NC Only)