Welcome To Special Olympics International!

We are a global organization with programs in 170 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

Volleyball

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.

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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

About This Page

Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

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Upcoming Volleyball Events

  • Sep
    10
    Beach Bump
    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Brigantine
    New Jersey
    Beach Bump

    Serve up a great end to summer and join us for Beach Bump! Beach Bump is a 6-on-6 sand volleyball tournament to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. This co-ed tournament offers a recreation, competitive and unified division. In addition to supporting more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey, you'll get to extend your summer just a little bit longer at this fun-filled event!

    For more information
    Contact: Ashlee Cortes
    Email: amc@sonj.org
    Phone: (609) 896-8000

    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Laguna Grill
    1400 Ocean Avenue
    Brigantine, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    16
    Metro Regional Volleyball Tournament
    Oct 16, 2016
    11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Kansas City
    Kansas
    Metro Regional Volleyball Tournament

    Join us October 16 at Heart of American Volleyball Center in Kansas City, Kansas as our athletes compete in the Metro Regional Volleyball Tournament. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    Oct 16, 2016
    11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Heart of American Volleyball Center
    548 S Coy St
    Kansas City, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Nov
    04
    Fall Festival
    Nov 04, 2016 - Nov 06, 2016
     
    Villanova
    Pennsylvania
    Fall Festival

    The Fall Festival is hosted and organized by Villanova University students and is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. For one weekend each year, Villanova University opens its campus up to over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, and 2,000 volunteers from the Villanova Student Body, surrounding community, and corporations. The athletes who participate in the Fall Festival compete in a total of six Olympic-type sports including bocce, long distance running, power-lifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball. However, sporting events are just a small component of the overall weekend. Villanova’s campus is transformed into an athlete’s wonderland, incorporating Opening Ceremonies; a parade; Healthy Athlete screenings; an Olympic Town offering face painting, food and fun; a Victory Dance; and Closing Ceremonies. There is no charge to participate in the Fall Festival or in any other Special Olympics event. All housing and meals for the weekend are provided by Villanova University and Special Olympics Pennsylvania. The event requires 2,000 volunteers from the Villanova University student body, corporate organizations and the surrounding community. Spectators are encouraged to visit any of the competition venues on or near campus and cheer on athletes at Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s second largest event of the year.

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    Nov 04, 2016 - Nov 06, 2016
     
    Villanova University
    Villanova, Pennsylvania
    UNITED STATES
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