Volunteering with Special Olympics creates change that carries forth from our Programs and into the world. Whether you’re an individual or a member of a school, church, work, civic, or other group; whether you can volunteer for just a few hours on a single day as a scorekeeper, or several hours a week, year-round, as a special-events coordinator, there are volunteer opportunities for you.
Our athletes are clearly why we exist, but our volunteers are how we exist. Special Olympics would not be here today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment, and enthusiasm of its diverse volunteers. We have 8,000 volunteers that provide 70,000 hours of service every year! These volunteers serve as coaches, officials, committee members, competition assistants, and much more. Whether they participate for one day or for several years, volunteers make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes and in their communities.
Thank you to all our FABULOUS VOLUNTEERS for contributing to the success of all of our Summer Events! The whole is the sum of the parts. Thanks for being a good part!
Volunteer opportunities for Fall Sports competitions (aquatics, bowling, soccer and volleyball) will be posted on September 1. Regional sports competitions will be in October and November. Fall State Games are Nov 21-22.
Nike partners with SOOR every year to provide Youth Games! This year's games are October 3rd. Thank you to Nike staff - and their family and friends - for filling all the volunteer positions for the games! (Thus volunteer opportunities are not listed on our website.)
To find out more information about volunteering in specific areas, click on the links at the bottom of the page.
Helpful Hints About Volunteering
Volunteer Screening Process
General Orientation Training and Quiz
Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz
Concussion Education Training and Quiz