Special Olympics would not exist today, and could not have been created, without the time, energy, commitment, and enthusiasm of volunteers. 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 Canada welcomes volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and is supported by more than 16,400 registered volunteers, including over 13,000 trained coaches. Coaches are trained through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
No specific experience is necessary to volunteer; however, all volunteers must undergo a registration and screening process through a provincial or territorial Special Olympics chapter. You should have already completed the registration process before starting this orientation.
Ways to get involved
There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer, including:
- Organizing and helping out at special events
- Getting involved at the program/club level (e.g., as a coach, sport club manager)
- As a board and/or committee member