Special Olympics New Hanover County
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics New Hanover County supports more than 500 athletes with Intellectual Disabilities in year-round training programs in 11 different sports and competing 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, North Carolina. Please see the contact page for more information..
Browse our Web site for more information about Special Olympics New Hanover County. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a Special Olympics New Hanover County representative regarding the sports we offer, you would like to be a volunteer, or you wish to become a Special Olympics Athlete, please e-mail us at:
or call us at (910)-341-7253.
The 9th Annual Polar Plunge and the first 5K Run-N-Plunge were held on February 23, 2013 at the boardwalk in Carolina Beach. For the Run, we had a total of 122 runners to line-up and take the starters gun. Oh, did I mention that it was a torrential downpour and about 50 degrees? After the run and some great music from several bands, a great raffle and a hilarious costume contest with the following winners, Lindley Habilitation taking large group, Mason and the Finettes getting small group honors (way to go Kevin and Amber), and Katherine W getting individual costume honors.
Now that fall is on the way, it is time to start planning for the 10th Annual Polar Plunge and the 2nd Annual 5K Run-N-Plunge. We want this to be the biggest and best Plunge ever to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Updated information on the Plunge and 5 K Run-N-Plunge will be posted on the Polar Plunge page. Online registration will also be placed on that page.