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.




Upcoming Fall Sports

  • 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

  • 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 heldThursdays 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.

Upcoming Programs

  • MedFest:  We will be offer a MedFest in Wilmington at UNCW on September 18th                                            
  • Flag Football:  League play that will begin in Oct at UNCW.  Registration is required.
  • Local Fall Games:  Will be held on October 21st  at Legion Stadium from 9-1pm.  The Fall Games is a sports expo for all athletes in and around Wilmington.  Registration is required.
  • Social Dance:  Halloween Dance will be held on Friday, October 30th at Halyburton Park.
  • Fun Field Day: At the Wilmington Christian Academy, TBA
  • Polar Plunge: February 20th at Carolina Beach
  • Basketball Skills Day: in March, TBA
  • Spring Games: in April, TBA


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New Hanover County Special Olympics hosts summer camp (News 14 Carolina)




Ashley High School, Hoggard High School and Laney Highs Schools are all pleased to be able to participate in Project Unify this year.  Ashley High is currently participating for a third straight year under the direction of Peter Yucius.  Hoggard is participation for the first time under the direction of Erik Wangenstein.  Laney High is back with Project Unify for a second year under the direction of Bailey Graham.  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.

Sports Training Schedule

Roller Skating

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)