NEWS and Happenings
Please check out our newest feature
Under the Athletes tab is a new page, Athletes Stories. Our first athlete written article is from our own Steven Smith, about his recent trip to Hilton, Head, SC and his experience at the Special Olympic National Tennis Championship. Way to go Steven... We encourage all New Hanover County athletes to submit articles for us to publish. Contact Tiffany at
Spring / Summer Sports
Summer Games will be held in Raleigh & Cary June2-4, 2017
Practices are held at Williston Middle School and will end on February 23rd.
Swim practices will start back on February 16th. Tuesday nights from 6:30-8 pm at the YWCA.
Practices will be held at Cardinal Lanes and will begin in early March. Every Thursday from 3-5pm.
Practices are held every Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm at the Northside church. Practices have already started..
We will look into getting cycling started this year. Please let us know if you may be interested in participating or volunteering.
Practices will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-7 starting January 14 at Port City Gymnastics.
Practices will be held on Tuesdays at the MLK center starting in early March
Practices will be held at Williston Middle School starting in early March.
2016 Bowling Invitational
The Bowling Tournament will be held Sunday, May 22 in Cape Carteret. Please view more information on the following link. Invitational Flyer
Fall Sports Flyer
See the updated Fall Sports Calendar by clicking on the CALENDAR Button or click on the following link to see the flyer with more information. FLYER
Welcome to Special Olympics New Hanover County, North Carolina. Special Olympics New Hanover County provides year-round sports training, competition, social events and Camp Shriver summer camp for people eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities. In New Hanover County, over 600 athletes participate in Special Olympics. Our program receives no government funding and relies solely on private and corporate support as well as the efforts of over 300 volunteers to provide these services at no cost to the athletes or their families.
Help support our local athletes by participating in the 5K, 1 mile walk or by taking a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. 100% of the money raised goes directly to support Special Olympics New Hanover County. The Polar Plunge takes place February 11, 2017 at the Kure Beach Boardwalk by the pier. Run for a cause on a certified 5K course open to all ages and skill levels. 5k runners and 1 mile fun walkers are not required to plunge but are encouraged to heat up with the run/walk and cool down with the polar plunge.
Teams or individuals can dress in costume to add to the fun. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
Individual Award – 16 and under
Individual Award – 17 and over
Group Award – less than 10 people
Group Award – 10 people or more
Contestants are encouraged to show off your costumes onstage or to strut your stuff by the song of your choice.
Want to be a Special Olympics coach or volunteer, please go to the coaches web page and sign up.
Want to know what is happening with SONHC, checkout our calendar for the latest events.
Want to become a Special Olympic Athlete? Please go to the Athletes page and read about being an athlete and then fill out the Athlete Interest Form.