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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. go there


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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DifferentBarry Cairns tells what it's like to be a Special Olympics athlete.Watch Video »


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Playing UnifiedUnified Sports reveals strengths in every team member.Watch Video »


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Healthier AthletesOur free health clinics are making a huge difference.Watch Video »


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Deon NamisebHe's a speaker and role model. It didn't start that way in Namibia.Learn More »


Special Olympics Blog

Health Needs Need Closer Examination

"You can't compete if your feet hurt, if your teeth hurt or if your ears ache."read more »

Posted on 2014-04-07 by Ryan

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