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Coaches are volunteers who work with Special Olympics athletes to prepare them for competition and teach them the necessary skills to compete at their highest levels.

Our coaches also model good sportsmanship and character to enhance the overall sports experience for athletes. Lessons learned on the playing field—teamwork, self-discipline, confidence—carry over into their everyday lives.



The idea of coaching a team may seem overwhelming, but you don't have to coach alone. You can share the responsibility and fun of coaching with another coach, friend or family member.  We have Head Coach and Assistant Coaching positions.



It is encouraged for prospective coaches to have sport experience, but education opportunities and resources are available to properly prepare individuals for their role as coaches.  Individuals with a coaching background will learn how to transfer your knowledge of coaching and apply it to the Special Olympics coaching situation.  Those without a coaching background may attend a training conducted by a sports expert.



Each season is 8—10 weeks.  Practices are generally held once a week, with each practice lasting 1—2 hours.  There is typically one regional competition and one state competition per season that you’ll attend with your team.



Interested in becoming a Unified Partner?  Email us at to get the process started.  An application, which includes a criminal background check, and online training courses will need to be completed.  Please allow 2 weeks to complete the process.

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