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.


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.

Team Coordinated Effort

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.


Upcoming Volleyball Events

  • Oct
    Metro Regional Volleyball Tournament
    Oct 16, 2016
    11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Kansas City
    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
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