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Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you, thousands of individuals who choose to take a little time from busy schedules to make the world a better place.


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


Unified Sports

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more. Half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way. 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. learn more


Use Your Expertise in Healthy Athletes

An international organization with many varied initiatives, Special Olympics needs volunteers with specialized training. The Healthy Athletes program, for example, puts health-care professionals to work providing free health screenings for our athletes. LEARN MORE


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 SO College, Project UNIFY, Partner’s Club, Spread the Word to End the Word and more. Go to the Project UNIFY section to get the details. LEARN MORE


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Special Olympics transforms athletes’ lives through the joy of sport. Help us make a difference.

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Volunteering with Special Olympics is fun and very rewarding, for both the athlete and the volunteer!

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The Christmas Records TrustFunding Special Olympics work worldwide.Learn More »


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Annenberg FoundationSupports our goals for coaches’ excellence.Learn More »


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Bank of AmericaProud partner of Special Olympics.Learn More »


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Coca-ColaSpecial Olympics Founding Partner.Learn More »


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ESPNGlobal Presenting Sponsor of Unified Sports®.Learn More »


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EssilorOfficial global supplier of ophthalmic lenses.Learn More »


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Hear the WorldSupplies hearing aids to our athletes.Learn More »


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AIPSGlobal Impact Partner for Special Olympics.Learn More »


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Lions ClubSupports access to quality eye care.Learn More »


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MattelSupports Special Olympics Youth Programs.Learn More »


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MTM RecognitionSupplier of awards and medals for our athletes.Learn More »


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Perfect Sense DigitalSpecial Olympics' leading digital partner.Learn More »


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Procter & GambleCelebrating over 30 years of partnership with Special Olympics.Learn More »


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SafewayRaises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.Learn More »


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SàfiloSupplies optical frames and sunglasses.Learn More »


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UNICEFProvides greater inclusion of children with disabilities.Learn More »


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Special Olympics Blog

Bursting with Pride

"I’m looking forward to the day when Mary will become a Special Olympics Young Athlete. I cannot wait."read more »

Posted on 2014-07-25 by Ryan

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