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This page draws together volleyball-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics volleyball.  View the Volleyball Fact Sheet

The game of volleyball is attractive to all types of players, from competitive to recreational, young and old. To play volleyball players need to acquire a few basic skills, learn a few rules, require very little equipment, and can play the game almost anywhere – from the beach to the gym. The aim of the sport is to score more points by hitting the ball with the hands and sending it over the net to the opponent's court.

Recently, Special Olympics was awarded a two-year grant from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State to support a coaching fellowship to recruit and train high level Special Olympics coaches and leaders from the United States, Serbia, and Montenegro. A total of 20 fellows from the United States, Serbia, and Montenegro will participate in various 10-day workshops focused on recruiting and training high-level coaches and adapting their skills to work with athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete in soccer (football) and volleyball. Learn More

Volleyball Stories and News

marzo 18, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa Unified® Sports Day

By Ancilla Smith

Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba.View Story Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba. An opening ceremony was conducted with athletes parading in the sporting arena after which they participated in Bocce, 7-aside soccer and volley ball. Over 100 athletes participated in the event enthusiastically supported by willing volunteers. This event truly captured the spirit of unity and inclusion and all the athletes were thrilled with their medals. The closing ceremony was completed with a friendship circle and smiles all round.

About Ancilla Smith :I am the Marketing,communication and media manager for Africa region
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julio 09, 2013 |

Estrella de Voleibol Grbić Apoya a Special Olympics

By Suzanne Coogan

Legendary volleyball star Vladimir ‘Vanja’ Grbić wearing a Special Olympics Poland jersey

Legendary volleyball star Vladimir ‘Vanja’ Grbić will help spread the Special Olympics message of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities across the world.View Story La estrella legendaria de voleibol Vladimir 'Vanja' Grbić se ha unido a Olimpiadas Especiales como Embajador de Voleibol. En este papel Grbić se basará en su reputación ya establecida como uno de los mejores jugadores de voleibol del mundo para ayudar a difundir el mensaje de las Olimpiadas Especiales de aceptación e inclusión de las personas con discapacidad intelectual en todo el mundo. Su anuncio fue hecho durante el último día del Campeonato Mundial de Voleibol de FIVB 2013 en Stare Jablonki, en Polonia del Norte en un partido de demostración de Deportes Unificados de Olimpiadas Especailes  (jueves, 7 de julio). Vladimir Grbić es un medallista olímpico en dos ocasiones y miembro del Salón de la Fama. "Para mí, los atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales representan el deporte en estado puro", dice Vladimir Grbić. "Reconozco en ellos la misma alegría, la pasión y el impulso para alcanzar su mejor marca personal que yo tenía cuando empecé a jugar. Estoy muy contento de asumir este nuevo papel ".

About Suzanne Coogan:Soy gerente de Meda y Conocimiento Público para Special Olympics en la región de Europa Eurasia
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marzo 18, 2014 |

Unified Volleyball on the World Stage

By Maureen Rabbitt

This Unified Volleyball® exhibition game, will bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates to showcase the power of Special Olympics in helping to unite communities and foster an environment of acceptance and inclusion.

One of the World’s greatest ever volleyball players, Vladimir Grbić, will join Polish volleyball stars to play alongside Special Olympics athletes at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Poland.View Story One of the World’s greatest ever volleyball players, Vladimir Grbić, will join Polish volleyball stars to play alongside Special Olympics athletes in a Unified Volleyball game at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, to promote greater respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Taking place on Centre Court at Stare Jablonki on Sunday, July 7th before the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship Finals, the All Star game will feature four Special Olympics athletes from Poland and Serbia playing alongside Olympic medalist Vladimir Grbić as well as former Poland national players; Sebastian Swiderski, Pawel Papke, Zygmunt Chajzer and Cezary .

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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Upcoming Volleyball Events




octubre 20, 2015

Volleyball Competition & Skills

Want to experience volleyball competition in its purest form? Come to Dorman High School in Roebuck, South Carolina on October 15th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the court. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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octubre 26, 2015

Gymnastics, Volleyball and Speedball Head Coaches Seminar

During October 26-28 Special Olympics will be hosting a gymnastics, volleyball and speedball coaching seminar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This seminar will provide training athlete conditioning, sports skills development and sports rules.
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2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.

How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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The Special Olympics movement is profoundly grateful for the support of the Annenberg Foundation which has underwritten the production of the coaches’ guides and resources, supporting our global goals for coaches’ excellence.


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