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

May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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April 22, 2014 | North America: Ohio

We all have a purpose. We all have strengths...

By Morgan Allred

As student-athletes, we get thrust into a routine of practice and class. Working with Special Olympics gets rid of the ordinary in the best way possible.View Story As student-athletes, we get thrust into a routine of practice and class. Sometimes, however, we get tossed out of our routine. Working with Special Olympics gets rid of the ordinary in the best way possible. Greeted by warm hugs and unforgettable faces is uplifting and rewarding. I've been part of this program for 2 years and it feels like I have grown up with these athletes. Each person I hugged and high-fived remembered me and couldn't wait to play volleyball. As athletes, we get recognized by athletic directors, coaches, our conference. But being recognized by these guys? Incomparable. Loving these kids is something that truly brings purpose to me. The faces I have come to know and love are truly heroic. Each year, this event makes me step back and gain perspective. These athletes never fail to reel my mind back into what is truly important - loving others and realizing that "we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths," and how we use these qualities is up to us.

About Morgan Allred:Morgan Allred is an Outside Hitter and Defensive Specialist for the University of Cincinnati Lady Bearcats and is currently in her sophomore year.
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April 18, 2014 | North America: Ohio

Special Olympics of Hamilton County and Univ. of Cincinnati Unified Scrimmage...a note of thanks

By Caitlin Oglitree via Leslie Daly ( SOHC Volleyball Coordinator)

It's always a huge blessing working with Special Olympics. These athletes are always so full of love, energy, and smiles.View Story It's always a huge blessing working with Special Olympics. These athletes are always so full of love, energy, and smiles. It's funny how they think that we (college athletes) are the huge deals. They think so highly of us. In reality, being a college athlete isn't what brings us pure joy. Don't get me wrong, it's an incredible experience that I am so fortunate to be a part of! However, I believe that there's so much more to life than being a student athlete. Sometimes, as college athletes, we get caught up in that label, and don't look at the bigger picture of life. I believe that finding your purpose, loving others and loving life is what brings us joy. These athletes are the huge deal! They are constantly showing us acts of love, encouragement and kindness. So I thank THEM for allowing us to step into their world and put life into perspective.

About Caitlin Oglitree via Leslie Daly ( SOHC Volleyball Coordinator):Caitlin Oglitree is a University Of Cincinnati Lady Bearcat who is a junior setter for the UC Volleyball Team. For the last 2 years, she has been an active participant in growing the relationship between the UC Lady Bearcats Volleyball program and the SOHC Volleyball programs.
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Upcoming Volleyball Events




Sep 20 - 21 2014

Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament

Join us on September 20-21 at the Atlas Arena in Lódz, Poland during the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championship where athletes and unified partners from Special Olympics Poland will compete in a Unified volleyball match just before the final. Hope to see you there!
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Krzysztof Krukowski
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Atlas Arena
Lódz, Poland

Oct 10 - 11 2014

South Carolina Fall Games

Join us from October 10-11 at Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina as athletes from all over the state will be competing in Under 21 bocce, masters bowling, disc golf, flag football, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer. Hope to see you there.
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Kelly Garrick
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Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road

Taylors, South Carolina

Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
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Faruqul Islam
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka

October 19, 2014

Unified Volleyball Divisioning Tournament

Join on us on October 19th at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, Connecticut as our athletes and Unified Partners take the court to compete in a divisioning tournament that will encourage athletes of all ability levels to participate and be recognized for his/her performance. Afterwards, competitions will be structured so that athletes and Unified Partners will compete with others of similar ability in equitable divisions. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Phone:(800) 443-6105
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Floyd Little Athletic Center
480 Sherman Pkwy

New Haven, Connecticut

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

Dec 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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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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