Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries -- and over a million volunteers. Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.

How can we help? 

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 ClubsUnified Champion SchoolsSpread 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.


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

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.

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