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Are you looking for a way to play sports, be inspired or have an impact in your community? Special Olympics Programs change lives and bring people together.  There are many things you can do right in your local community. 

Volunteer opportunities in the local programs include:


Remember the mentor, teacher or coach who made that difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best. The one who helped shape both your performance and your character. You can be that important figure in someone else’s life.

Coaches are a critical component of Special Olympics’ work. A coach is a key figure in an athlete’s life, providing the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches serve as role models and character builders, giving Special Olympics athletes awareness of their worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve. Special Olympics coaches also have a direct impact on athletes’ lives by helping them acquire skills that can influence their abilities to obtain employment, succeed in school and achieve personal goals.

Volunteer coaches come from all walks of life and backgrounds and don’t need any prior experience – we provide the necessary training and resources.  The time commitment for a coach is approximately one to two hours per week for eight to 10 weeks, plus one to two days at a sports competition during a sports season.

Click here for more details about being a coach.     Link to coach page.

Unified Partner

Those looking for real, on-the-field action can get in the game by joining Special Olympics Unified Sports®, where people with and without intellectual disabilities train and compete together on the same team. There is no better way to truly experience Special Olympics than playing alongside the athletes.

 Local Programs

Contribute your unique skills to make our programs in your local community run smoothly. Local volunteers register athletes, plan events, arrange transportation, recruit new volunteers and sponsors, manage websites, take pictures, publicize activities, answer phones and e-mail, and much more. Every volunteer role is vital to running a successful Special Olympics competition and making the athlete’s dream a reality. 

Contact the Local Program in your Community

In order to participate as a coach, unified partner or help your local program in other ways … you need to contact the local program in your area.

Local Programs

Special Olympics Oregon has 29 Local Programs across the state. Learn more about getting involved in your area.

Sports Competitions

Special Olympics Oregon has three sports seasons. Volunteering at a competition is a guaranteed rewarding and inspirational experience.

Fundraising Events

Want to help at an event that raises funds for SOOR?  Check out the options here.  

Other Opportunities

Here are some other opportunities that Special Olympics Oregon offfers for our amazing volunteers.

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