Volunteering with Special Olympics
Special Olympics coaches and volunteers often find that the personal rewards received are equal to or even outweigh the benefits they offer the athletes. Special Olympics coaches have a unique opportunity to work with athletes in competitive situations to assist in their training for life. Event volunteers get the opportunity to make wonderful things happen for our community. Please feel free to reach out to the volunteer coordinator at [email protected]
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers age 18 and older serving as coaches, partners, council members, chaperones,
athlete leadership mentors and drivers of athletes must become Class A Eligible Volunteers.
For those under 18, there is a similar process for Class A Minors.
For both, follow the procedures on the page at the click link.
Volunteers are always needed to ensure the highest quality events for the athletes. Whether as a coach or day of event volunteer, your role with Special Olympics Virginia, Northern Virginia is an experience you will never forget! Special Olympics coaches and volunteers are in GREAT need! Find out what opportunities exist for you! Find out the specific needs of your local Special Olympics program.
**NEW** COVID Waiver and Vaccination Requirements
Coaches and volunteers – in association with return to play efforts, Special Olympics has developed a waiver form that all participants MUST submit before they can be deemed eligible to coach, play or assist. Additionally Area 26 Policy requires all and volunteers provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination if involved with close contact and/or team sports. SOVA Policy requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for any individual participating in overnight events. This includes any local, regional, state or national invitational events. Proof of vaccination must be sent to SOVA and Area 26 both the completed form and a picture of your vaccination card should be submitted via email to [email protected] as soon as possible.
What Coaches Do...
• Obtain necessary facilities and equipment for training.
• Help to recruit athletes and assistant coaches.
• Assist athletes in learning sports skills and applying them in competitions • Encourage confidence and self-esteem through sport.
• Conduct demonstrations in the community.
• Help start Partners Clubs of peer coaches with their athletes.
• Start Unified Sports® teams.
Special Olympics coaches play a unique and indispensable role in the success of our programs around the world. In addition to providing the important sports skills and instruction athletes need to succeed, our Coaches are also role models that encourage and inspire athletes to strive to reach their potential in both sports and life. Special Olympics coaches give our athletes an immediate awareness of their own worth, courage and ability to grow and improve to the highest capacity.
Volunteer for an event
SOVA is always looking for volunteers to work signup, setup/teardown, snackbars, and cheer sections.
Want to have a day making a great day for others? Click the box at the right and sign up!!