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
Serve as certified Special Olympics coaches.
Help run Special Olympics sports camps.
Organize, coach or play on Unified Sports teams.
Obtain equipment for Special Olympics athletes.
Use specific sports expertise to help set up sports clinics
or Special Olympics training schools.
Train individuals with more severe handicaps through the
Motor Activities Training Program.
Here's how you can become involved in competitions
Serve as a driver or food service worker at competitions or
assist with registration, computer input or data processing.
Serve as Games Director, certified official or team manager
at Special Olympics competitions.
Conduct clinics or demonstrations in a new sport.
Support the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
Make financial or in-kind donations as individuals or
through a business.
Conduct fund-raising campaigns through a civic group,
church, or other organization.
Get involved on the local management team's fund raising
Establish a Special Olympics program in workplaces employing
individuals with mental disabilites
Provide medical support including free physicals and X-rays
or provide pro bono legal or accounting services
Contribute specific skills to help Special Olympics.
Sponsor or adopt Special Olympics teams.
Make donations of goods, services, or vital office supplies
to local Special Olympics programs.
Write articles about Special Olympics athletes, families and
coaches, or join speakers bureaus.
Volunteer copy writing, photography or public relations
skills to local, state or national Special Olympics programs.
Train Special Olympics athletes to give presentations
through the Global Messenger program.
Serve on Local or Area committees.
Help Special Olympics MN Duluth coaches prepare
registration and medical forms.
Distribute materials for a Special Olympics event.
Help Special Olympics MN Duluth with mass-mailing projects.
Provide support for Special Olympics programs.
Adopt local Special Olympics teams.
Organize Unified Sports teams by combining group members
with Special Olympics athletes.
Encourage group members to volunteer their professional
services to Special Olympics programs.
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
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