Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you, thousands of individuals who choose to take a little time from busy schedules to make the world a better place.
Volunteer Near You
There are hundreds of Special Olympics offices around the world, and all of them need people at various times during the year. The best way to become a volunteer is to find the Special Olympics office nearest you. Learn More
Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more. More than a million people with and without intellectual disabilities take part in Unified Sports worldwide, breaking down stereotypes in a really fun way. Learn More
Become An Athlete
Special Olympics has programs for people with intellectual disabilities from age 2 and on. No one is too old to be a Special Olympics athlete; most of our athletes are 18 or older. To get involved, get in touch with the Special Olympics office nearest you. You can learn more about our athletes and what they do.
Become a Coach or Official
Special Olympics is serious about its sports. The organization has a bold plan to have many more athletes, and that means we'll need more coaches. There will be more competitions, and that means we will need more officials. If you have an interest or background in either being a coach or official, find the Special Olympics office nearest you.
Use Your Expertise in Healthy Athletes
An international organization with many varied initiatives, Special Olympics needs volunteers with specialized training. Special Olympics health programs, for example, involve health-care professionals who volunteer to provide free health examinations for our athletes. Volunteer with Healthy Athletes
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
There are many ways for students in high school or college to volunteer with Special Olympics. Connect with a nearby Special Olympics program to volunteer for events, become a coach or be a Fan in the Stands. Young people can also participate in Special Olympics College Clubs, Unified Champion Schools, Spread the Word to End the Word and more. Go to the Unified Champion Schools section to get the details. LEARN MORE
Special Olympics Events
Special Olympics has tens of thousands events and competitions a year in places all around the world. Go to the Special Olympics Global Calendar to get a sample of the Special Olympics events happening around the world.Global Calendar ››