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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.


Volleyball

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, 2015 | Latin America: Brazil

Special Olympics and Lions Clubs Play Unified in Brazil

By Christian Guiralt

From 23-27 March, Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International joined forces in Brazil to hold a Unified Volleyball Coaching Training.View Story From 23-27 March, Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International joined forces in Brazil to hold a Unified Volleyball Coaching Training. Supported by former Olympian and Special Olympics Brazil Ambassador Jackie Silva, more than 30 coaches and athletes were given the necessary instruction to create Unified Volleyball teams. Volleyball’s popularity in Brazil and its status as a priority sport for Special Olympics Latin America made this training extremely successful! In the morning, participants attended a theoretical session and then attended a practice session on Ipanema Beach. Other special guests included George Millard, President of Special Olympics Brazil, Tom Goman, Special Olympics Brazil Board Member and several representatives from Lions Clubs Brazil and Special Olympics International. ESPN also provided coverage of the event, which can be through the link below.

About Christian Guiralt:I am the Director for Sport and Development at Special Olympics.
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May 12, 2015 | North America: Florida

This is my story by Nataly H

By Nataly H

I got involved in Special Olympics Florida thanks to two friends of mine. I am a Special Olympics athlete for Seminole County. I got involved in Special Olympics in the year 2009 and I am still part of Special Olympics Seminole County.View Story My story is not too long so here goes: I got involved in Special Olympics Florida thanks to two friends of mine. I am a Special Olympics athlete for Seminole County. I got involved in Special Olympics in the year 2009 and I am still part of Special Olympics Seminole County. I used to be an assistant coach for volleyball and basketball for 5 years. I have competed in Special Olympics bowling and swimming, and this year I'm hoping to try out for Flag-football. I have made a lot of friends thanks to this program and coached many athletes who have become my friends and had many wonderful coaches and always thank our many volunteers for being there to help. My goal is simple, to inspire others with cerebral palsy to go out and be fit and active and to be brave in the attempt.

About Nataly H:I have CP and enjoy playing sports and making new friends along the way. I love what Special Olympics has done for me for the many years I have been doing it. Thanks for everything that you do and God bless this program. I love it so much!
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December 12, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Inclusion and Acceptance

By Jeff Bisley

My self making a block (bib no.7)

My life has changed since I joined Special Olympics Kenya, I appreciate the way the coaches dedicate themselves in giving us consistent training.View Story My life has changed since I joined Special Olympics Kenya, I appreciate the way the coaches dedicate themselves in giving us consistent training. When my coach invited us to play Unified beach volleyball I thought that it would be very difficult to have a meaningful experience since the unified partners would be highly skilled than us. But over time I have I began to see that we were all learning from our coach and also helping each other in training. Training and competing with the unified partners has given me a lot of confidence both on and out of the field. I don't fear interacting with my peers without intellectual disabilities any more. I thank Special Olympics for promoting inclusion,slowly everybody will be able to understand us and include us in their day to day life.

About Jeff Bisley:I am 20 years and play volleyball as well middle and long distance track events.
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Upcoming Volleyball Events


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Event

Location

May 29 - 31 2015

New Mexico State Summer Games

Join us for the largest state competition of the year May 29-31. Athletes from across the state will compete in track & field, bocce, and Unified volleyball at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Stadium. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Hope to see you there!
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University of New Mexico Track and Field Stadium
Albuquerque, New Mexico
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Missouri State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 for the 2015 Missouri State Summer Games in Springfield Missouri as our athletes showcase their skills over 3 days of sports competition. Athletes will compete in aquatics, soccer, track and field, powerlifting, and volleyball. For more details about the event please refer to link and contact info below.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Springfield, Missouri
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Georgia State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia as our athletes compete and show their skill in Summer Games sports competition. Sport events will include aquatics, athletics, soccer, badminton, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, and table tennis. 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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Special Olympics Georgia
Phone:770-414-9390 ext 120
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Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Massachusetts State Summer Games

The official start of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games begins with the traditional Opening Ceremony at Boston University. Highlights include remarks from special guests, one of our athletes acting as master of ceremonies, the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Massachusetts flag relay and presentation and finally the culminating Torch Lighting Ceremony, by the Guardians of the Flame–our partners in the LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. Saturday morning the games will begin on the grounds of the Harvard University athletic facilities, surrounding historic Harvard Stadium. Over 1,900 ATHLETES compete in the sports of aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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Matt Ruxton
Email:Matt.Ruxton@SpecialOlympicsMA.org
Phone:508-485-0986 Ext. 22
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Boston University and Harvard Athletic Complex
Boston, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

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
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

October 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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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA

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Volleyball Competitions

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

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