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 13 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..

The 10th Annual Polar Plunge and the our Second Annual 5K Run-N-Plunge were held on February 22, 2014 at the boardwalk in Carolina Beach. For the Run, we had a total of 392 runners to line-up and take the starters gun. This years Plunge and Run were held in some of the best weather that we had since our first Plunge 10 years ago.  We had some great entertainment with great music, another outstanding raffle and our first outside costume contest with the following winners, Lindley Habilitation again taking large group honors (thanks to Neil and the whole Lindley team for all the support you give to Special Olympics New Hanover County, Mason and the Scallywags  getting small group honors (way to go Kevin, Amber, Mason and the rest of the gang) and Individual costume winner was Katherine W.  We can't wait for the 11th Annual Polar Plunge to see what y’all come up with next. Start planning now and get ready for February 21, 2015.

  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,
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 Watch a new video of the New Hanover County Spring Games held at UNC-Wilmington.

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Special Olympics New Hanover County’s 11th Annual Polar Plunge
Has been moved to Kure Beach
See more detail on the Polar Plunge web page

Online registration is now available, go to the Polar Plunge tab


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