Volunteer Information

Volunteers enable Special Olympics to offer sports training and competition programs to nearly one million individuals with mental disabilities on a worldwide basis. Special Olympics would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, dedication, and commitment of the more than 500,000 Special Olympics volunteers.

Volunteers increase integration and socialization opportunities for Special Olympics athletes. The dedication of Special Olympics volunteers provides mainstreaming experiences for athletes with mental disabilities.

Volunteers include students, senior citizens, business people, family members of athletes, amateur and professional athletes and coaches, teachers and many others. They fill a wide variety of roles for Special Olympics programs at the local, state, national and international levels, from the role of coach, to fund-raiser, to timer and scorer.

Here's how you can become involved in Sports Training

Here's how you can become involved in competitions

Fund Raising


Public Awareness


Civic Groups

Almost anyone can be a Special Olympics volunteer.

If you are already involved, take pride in knowing that you are an important part of a program that offers opportunities to athletes with mental disabities around the world.

If you would like to get involved and assist Special Olympics athletes in their "Training for Life"

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