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Special Olympics Onslow County provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities.

We proudly serve over 900 athletes who participate in our local and state games each year. Our local games are held in the fall and in the spring.

Participation is FREE!

Special Olympics Mission:

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, participate in sharing of gifts, skills, friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Who is Eligible:

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is: functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.

Athletes must be at least 8 years of age to participate in competitions.  There is no maximum age limitation for participating in Special Olympics.

Children with intellectual disabilities, ages 3 through 7, can take part in our Young Athletes Program (skill development program) either at home, school or early childhood development center. Special Olympics Onslow County offers Young Athlete Program activities during our annual Spring Games.

Eligible athletes (those who meet the intellectual or closely related developmental disability criteria) are welcome to participate in one of the several Sports we have to offer.

Support the Athletes!!

Family members and friends can support our program in many ways, including VolunteeringMaking a Donation, or Participation in Polar Plunge (either as a participant or a sponsor).


Without the efforts of over 150 dedicated volunteers, we would never be able to serve our athletes. People like you help keep this program going, and enrich the lives of so many individuals. Please consider offering some of your time, talents, or skills to our program.

See our Volunteer page for more information.


Individual and corporate sponsorships are gratefully accepted year-round. Our program is funded exclusively through donations by individuals and businesses just like you.

Of Special Note Every penny raised for Onslow County stays in Onslow County to support our athletes in their training, transportation, and competition.

Please see our Donations page for further information.

We’d Love to Hear From You!

If you have any questions or would like more information on some aspect of our program, please Contact Us.