Special Olympics World Summer Games

Get Involved


Join the more than 700,000 Special Olympics volunteers around the world by contacting your local Program (external link to SO). Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of its volunteers. As a grass-roots organization, Special Olympics relies on volunteers at all levels of the movement to ensure that every athlete is offered a quality sports training and competition experience.

Special Olympics volunteers can get involved at the state/provincial, national or international level, or offer their services locally at a Special Olympics Program in their community. Some volunteers offer a few hours of their time a year at specific events, while others work several hours a week year-round. Whatever your interests, talents, background and availability, there are volunteer opportunities for you, from a one-day stint as a scorekeeper at an athletic event to licensed health care providers volunteering their time to provide event-based health opportunities for athletes through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® initiative.

The Special Olympics volunteer pool is dedicated and diverse. Volunteers include: civic and fraternal groups, licensed health care providers (external link to SO), high school and college students, amateur and professional athletes, sports officials, coaches, teachers, retirees, parents, and corporate employees (external link to SO).

Volunteer with Special Olympics and make a difference in the lives of more than 2.25 million athletes, their families and your community. To learn more about volunteering or to offer your services, contact your local Special Olympics Program. To locate a Program near you, use our Program Locator.

How to Register-Athlete Registration:

Registering for Special Olympics — the world's largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities — is a simple process. All individuals who meet Special Olympics eligibility requirements and wish to participate must register with an accredited Program. Registration includes:

  • Submission of an Athlete Registration Form, which contains registration information, medical information and a medical certification; and
  • Submission of an Athlete Release Form, which contains a release to be signed by an adult athlete or by the parent/guardian of a minor athlete concerning medical matters and publicity permissions.

For more information visit the following Special Olympics external link

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