Let's Make a Difference

Lowcountry of South Carolina

Our mission

To enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing Special Olympics sports and recreation as well as programs which facilitate social interaction.  We believe everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle.


SOAR is committed to supporting people with disabilities in their pursuit to live, play, and participate in the community.  We do so by partnering with individuals, families, and local agencies to explore recreation and social opportunities.


Special Recreation organizes and oversees Special Olympic programs which include: tennis, equestrian, bowling, swimming, bocce and cheerleading.  This new program will also be developing opportunities for social activities after school, on weekends and throughout the summer for special needs people of all ages.




Special Olympics Area 8 Summer and Fall 2017 - Sports

Kayak Season:

  • May-August training/practice:  Contact Chris Cherrington at chrischerrington11@gmail.com
  • August 26, 2017 - State Competition in Charleston, SC


  • Practice  begins at coaches' discretion, usually around the beginning of September - practice once per week, ages middle school through adult. 
  • September 9, 2017 - September Slammer in Cayce, SC 
  • October 19-22, 2017 - Special Olympics North America National Tennis Champtionship, Hilton Head Island, SC 
  1. Hilton Head Middle School:  contact Melba Hildenbrandt at mhilde17@hargray.com
  2. Hilton Head High School:  contact Royce Silvan at roycetennis@hotmail.com
  3. Bluffton High School:  contact Ann Conway at anncon.sc@gmail.com
  4. Hilton Head Island Adult Program:  contact Lenore Gleason at lenoregleason@yahoo.com
  5. Beaufort Area:  contact Wayne Lilley at waynelilley@verizon.net


  • Training sessions with Heroes on Horseback begin a few weeks into the school year; continue through April/May.  Contact Laura Kinsey at laura@heroesonhorseback.org
  • Coach Certification in January, 2018 in Aiken, SC
  • June 1-3, 2018 - State Equestrian Competition in Aiken, SC


  • Practice sessions October-December.  To set up practice schedules contact Lisa Kennedy at Lkennedy@station300.com
  • Regional Tournament at Station 300 will be held December 8 and December 15, 2017
  • November 10-12, 2017 - State Fall Games in Greenville, SC
  • Adult National Bowling Competition to be announced


  • January - April 2018 - practices start and are held at USCB Monday nights 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Contact Leah Market at leah.market@hyatt.com or Dan Messmer at danm.afalc@outlook.com.
  • April 2018 - State Basketball Competition. Columbia, SC.  To be announced

Cheerleading (Island Special Team)

  • For practice information, contact Cindi Faulkner at cindi917@hargray.com
  • March 10, 2018 - State Cheer Competition in West Columbia, SC


  • For practice information, contact Debra Marshall at carolina.hammerhead.sharks@gmail.com
  • May 11-13, 2018 - Summer Games in Columbia, SC

Track and Field

  • 2018 to be announced


Fund Raising Events

Engel & Volkers hosting Special Olympics Area 8 Golf Tournament - September 10, 2017.  Visit evhhibgolfinvitational.eventbrite.com for details and to register or contact Ashlan Saeger at Ashlan.Saeger@evusa.com or 610-248-8948.

Second Annual Fundraiser:  Cocktails on the May to be held October 14, 2017.  For tickets contact Kathy Cramer at kathycramer.soar@gmail.com or call 843-422-5747.



Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

All Volunteers must fill out the Special Olympic Volunteer Form

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Please contact us for volunteer opportunities. 

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Waiver and Release Forms

To participate in any and all SOAR events, the Rec Center Annual Waiver and SOAR release form must be filled out.

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Special Olympic Release and Physical Forms

To participate in any and all Special Olympic events, the release and physical forms must by filled out.

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Without the support and cooperation of these organizations, SOAR would not be possible. Thank you.


Thank you to these outstanding contributors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us.

Kathy and Julie being awarded funding by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. 

Kathy and Julie being awarded funding by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. 

Contact Us

Kathy Cramer, Program Director


Julie Harrison, Assistant Program Director