Chris Worsinger, Local Coordinator
406 Craven Street
New Bern, NC 28560
Phone: (252) 636-6606
Fax: (252) 636-6685
"Let me win; if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
 Welcome to Special Olympics Craven County!

It is our pleasure to serve the citizens of Craven County in providing a fun and safe experience as they compete, coach, volunteer and cheer. Special Olympics has been offered in Craven County for over 40 years. We have over 300 athletes that participate in local and state level olympic-type sports, such as bowling, basketball, bocce and more. There is a place for everyone...Sign up today!

Special Olympics Craven County is a subprogram of Special Olympics North Carolina and is authorized and accredited by Special Olympics North Carolina, which is accredited by Special Olympics, Incorporated.

Mission Statement

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 News & Announcements

Local Competitions

Bocce Day - October 2019
This year Special Olympics Craven County is excited to offer a new Bocce program for our Athletes. Bocce Day will take place at Creekside Park. Our Athletes will get to play several rounds of Bocce and enjoy the new playground at Creekside Park. We will start at 10:00 and play until noon. To register an athlete, or sign up as a volunteer, please call Chris Worsinger at 252-636-6606 or email at
  • October 1st - Elementary Schools
  • October 3rd - Middle and High Schools
  • October 8th - Adult Groups 


Basketball Competition - February 2020
This year Special Olympics Craven County is bringing back the annual Basketball Skills Competition for our Athletes. The Basketball Skills Competition will take place at West New Bern Recreation Center in New Bern NC. Our Athletes will compete in basketball drills including but not limited to; dribbling, shooting, passing, and rebounding. Each day we will begin at 10:00 am and play until noon. To register an athlete, or sign up as a volunteer, please call Chris Worsinger at 252-636-6606 or email at
  • February 4th - Elementary Schools
  • February 11th - Middle and High Schools
  • February 18th - Adult Groups 
April Showers Swim Invitational - April 2020
Special Olympics Craven County and the Twin Rivers YMCA is hosting a swim invitational on TBD.  This event is for all swim athletes in the State of North Carolina.  The Invitational will begin with opening ceremonies at 10 am and run until the last event is over.  To get the registration packet or volunteer, please call Chris Worsinger at 252-636-6606 or email at 
Spring Games - May 2020
Our annual Spring Games Track and Field event will be in May.  This event is for all Special Olympics athletes in Craven County.  The event will begin at approximately 9:30 am and run until 12:30.  Volunteers are needed!  To register an athlete, or sign up as a volunteer, please call Chris Worsinger at 252-636-6606 or email at

Annual Fundraisers

Spaghetti Dinner - October 17th, 2019
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Pizza Hut, the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser offers a night of fellowship and support at the Knights of Columbus Hall. A spaghetti dinner provided by our local Pizza Hut is always a meal in fall/winter that a lot of local supporters look forward to. Tickets are only $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 & under. Remember you can eat in or take out. This would be a great way for you to volunteer!
Polar Plunge - TBD, January 2020
Sponsored by the Tryon, New Bern, and We Can Civitan Clubs, the Polar Plunge is the newest addition to the Special Olympics Craven County Program.  Take the plunge in January as we all are Freezin' For A Reason. All proceeds stay right here in Craven County to support our Athletes. You can register yourself, or your team, online.
Craven's Got Talent - September 2020
This main event is held in September at Craven County Community College's Orringer Auditorium. Individuals and groups of varying talents will give a wonderful performance for your family to enjoy. Tickets are sold at various places in New Bern. The New Bern and Tryon Civitans, among other individuals, make up a committee to plan this successful event each year. Contact our office for more information and learn about how you can get involved.

Be A Volunteer!

Special Olympics Craven County not only is made up of amazing athletes, but also volunteers. We could not offer a lot of our programs to our athletes if volunteers were not there to support them. Coaches are needed for our local sports teams, as well as volunteers for local competitions to lend a hand and cheer them on. It's simple to sign up. All we need from you is a Volunteer Application, which you can find at the bottom of the page. 

Listed below are volunteer opportunities:
Team Sports Meets
Bocce Team Once weekly at Creekside Park
Swim Team Once weekly at YMCA
Bowling Team Seeking new facilities
Basketball Team       Once weekly at NBHS
Equestrian Team   Competes in Fall Tournament
Local Competitions Meets
 Bocce Competition Three days in October
 Basketball Competition Three days in January/February
 Track & Field Competition May 9, 2019

Forms & Documents

  Athlete Physical & Consent Form
Size (Kb): 1.1 MB
Last Updated: 2/7/2019
Category: Special Olympics
  Special Olympics Sponsorship Form
Size (Kb): 163 KB
Last Updated: 8/9/2019
Category: Special Olympics
  Special Olympics Sponsorship Levels
Size (Kb): 177 KB
Last Updated: 8/9/2019
Category: Special Olympics
  Special Olympics Volunteer Form
Size (Kb): 334 KB
Last Updated: 10/23/2015
Category: Special Olympics
  Young Athlete Registration Form
Size (Kb): 320 KB
Last Updated: 10/23/2015
Category: Special Olympics


Sponsorship Forms