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Parents and Families

Family members can be involved in helping Special Olympics programs in their community in many different ways by volunteering to:


  • Provide transportation for athletes to practices and competitions;
  • Make phone calls to other family members;
  • Become a chaperone for your team;
  • Help raise funds to support your Special Olympics local program;
  • Serve on a local program team and help develop your local; program by recruiting  athletes and volunteers;
  • Become a Unified® Partner;
  • Volunteer to help at competitions;
  • Coach your child's team in a sport you have experience in;
  • Support the program through in-kind products or services, or by cash donations;
  • Attend competitions as a spectator.

Special Olympics Oregon Impacts the Economy

Alan Blanchard, Newberg: Competition set him on the path to economic independence.

“I like to be busy. Competing for Special Olympics, especially in swimming, is one way. Another is my job. Now, I pay my own rent and keep track of my spending in my checkbook,” says Alan Blanchard.


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