Become a Volunteer


Special Olympics is an organization that is run almost entirely by volunteers. More than 8,000 volunteers state wide provide the help needed to offer the sports training and competition programs.

Volunteering for Special Olympics Indiana can create lifelong friendships and rewards of immeasurable value. As a Special Olympics volunteer you will take pride in knowing that you are an important part of an organization that provides athletes with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience the excitement, joy and personal fulfillment associated with sports training and competition, and relationship building.

Roles Needed

Special Olympics Indiana utilizes volunteers to accomplish a wide variety of tasks associated with the mission of providing a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Both individuals and groups volunteer. Generally, there are three types of volunteers. Here is a description of each, and examples of the kinds of jobs within each category:

Administration and Program Management

Serve as a member of a committee to plan, coordinate, and/or monitor activities which promote the Special Olympics mission. Minimum one-year commitment involving regularly scheduled meetings and individual assignments associated with the position

  • Secretary / Record Keeping
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Sports Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Work directly with athletes to improve their skills in specific sports. Participation is seasonal, depending on the sport. Weekly commitment of at least two hours per week for eight weeks preceding competitions. Coaches:

  • Attend training to learn sports rules and coaching principles.
  • Recruit and train assistant coaches.
  • Recruit eligible athletes; always try to expand program.
  • Help athletes select an appropriate sport and level of participation.
  • Offer a range of sports activities or events to suit all ability levels.
  • Provide a safe training and competition program.
  • Involve families and other outside support groups.
  • Assist athletes in becoming integrated into the overall community.
Unified Sports Partner

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is a program that brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities of similar age and athletic ability to train and compete on the same sports teams. The Unified Sports program is a wonderful way for family members and friends to spend time training and competing with Special Olympics athletes.

How to apply

Contact us at specialolympicsjc@gmail.com and we will get started.

To become a Class A volunteer you must follow the link below to the State website and begin registration.

Become a Volunteer

You will be required to complete the entire process listed below.

NOTE: YOU MUST Have your own current working email, you CANNOT share with spouse or family member who is also a volunteer, coach or partner.

Each volunteer will then be asked to complete an application, background check and the three (3) necessary training’s.

–          Coach/Volunteer Orientation (CVO)

–          Online Protective Behaviors

–          Concussion Training