Special Olympics Coaching Fellowships in the United States and Europe

Special Olympics is partnering with the US Department of State in a Special Olympics Coaching Fellowship between the U.S., Serbia, and Montenegro. 


Year One Focus on Volleyball

In the second year of the Fellowship, five American, two Serbian, and three Montenegrin Fellows will be selected to participate in the Fellowship. They will spend 10 days in Montenegro and 10 days in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania (USA). They will observe major sporting events and take part in classroom trainings and practicum led by staff as well as experts from the fields of volleyball and soccer (football).

The year 1 training is centered around the sport of volleyball and the training in the U.S. will be held in conjunction with the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship and a Special Olympics demonstration at the event. The second year of the Fellowship will focus on soccer the Fellows will observe Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Fall Festival, which is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world.

Advancing Sport Opportunities

Special Olympics is honored to work with the U.S. Department of State and are excited about the opportunity to create a cadre of highly trained, advanced coaches to advance the sports of soccer (football) and volleyball in the U.S., Serbia, and Montenegro.

We are pleased to note that the project is being leveraged to forge cross-sector relationships with the U.S. Department of State, the Ministries of Sport in Montenegro and Serbia, and with national sports federations that will be sustained after the Fellowship exchange rotations. It is our hope that this experience and the resulting relationships that are created will advance policies and sporting opportunities that benefit persons with intellectual disabilities.

Application and Information

If you are a coach in the US, Montenegro, or Serbia and are interested in participating, please view the instructions and application below. Applications must be received by November 30th, 2012 at 5pm (EST) and should be sent to Jenna Briggs at jbriggs@specialolympics.org (preferred) or regular mail to:

Jenna Briggs
Special Olympics International
1133 19th Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

For additional information or questions please contact Jenna Briggs at jbriggs@specialolympics.org.  

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