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.


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


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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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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April 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Special Olympics volleyball ambassador Grbic joins players for international sports day

By Milana Jeremic

Special Olympics volleyball ambassador Vladimir "Vanja" Grbic presents medals to Special Olympics Serbia players.

To mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April 2014, Special Olympics Serbia held a female volleyball tournament in Cacak.View Story To mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April 2014, Special Olympics Serbia held a female volleyball tournament in Cacak. Mr. Vladimir “Vanja” Grbic, Special Olympics volleyball ambassador, and Special Olympics Serbia supporter Mr. Dragan Atanasov, deputy to the minister of youth and sport, were present. “It is my pleasure to socialize and play with these great athletes. I think it is important to use every opportunity to enable our athletes to play sports. This is the best way to overcome prejudice. They are dedicated and they are my role models,” Grbic said. Mr. Atanasov said, “The Ministry of Youth and Sports is proud to support Special Olympics Serbia. I am honored to participate in an event that marks a day with an important mission.” Local government representatives also attended. Local pro basketball club Borac provided the sports hall for free. Teachers and students from a local mainstream school and a special school served as volunteers.

About Milana Jeremic:Milana Jeremic is the National Administrator of Special Olympics Serbia.
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Upcoming Volleyball Events


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May 15 - 17 2014

South Dakota State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics South Dakota on 15-17 May at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota as athletes from around the state compete in 3 days of athletic competition. Athletes will be competing in the following sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Aquatics, Powerlifting and Athletics. Hope to see you there!
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Mistie Caldwell
Email:director@visitspearfish.com
Phone:605-717-9294
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Black Hills State University
1200 University Blvd

Spearfish, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

May 15 - 17 2014

State Summer Games - South Dakota

Please join us in the celebration of our largest annual competition! Athletes will compete in Aquatics, Athletics, Powerlifting, Soccer Skills, Team Soccer and Volleyball.
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Campus of Black Hills State University
Spearfish, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

May 16, 2014

State Summer Games - Tennesse

The 2014 State Summer Games will be held May 16th and 17th in Nashville, TN. Over 2500 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members will attend the two day event. Athletes will compete in seven sports (Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Unified Bocce, Powerlifting, Tennis, and Unified Volleyball).
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Meg Takahashi
Phone:615-329-1375
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Lipscomb University and Centennial Sportsplex
Nashville, Tennesse
UNITED STATES

May 16 - 17 2014

Florida State Summer Games

Special Olympics Florida’s Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremonies featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It concludes on Saturday night with closing ceremonies and the much anticipated victory dance.
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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

May 23 - 25 2014

Louisiana State Summer Games

Join us May 23-25 at Southeastern Louisiana University in the city of Hammond as athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting and Unified Volleyball. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event. For more details, refer to the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Louisiana
Email:volunteer@laso.org
Phone:1-800-345-6644
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Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

May 30 - Jun 1 2014

Special Olympics North Carolina State Competition

Join Special Olympics North Carolina May 30th through June 1st in Raleigh and Cary for two days of state-level competition in aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and volleyball. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Various Locations in Raleigh & Cary
Various Cities, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

May 30 - 31 2014

Special Olympics North Dakota State Summer Games

Our annual State Summer Games to include volleyball, aquatics, power lifting, bocce, and track and field events.
For more information
Alex Sumner
Email:traindir@aol.com
Phone:701-746-0331
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Davies High School
7150 25th St S

Fargo, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

Jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

Jun 26 - 28 2014

Minnesota State Summer Games

Join us on June 26-28 at Stillwater Area High School in the city Stillwater as Special Olympics athletes from around the state compete in athletics, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball. Support our athletes and cheer them on. We hope see you there! if you’re interested in volunteering for the Games please contact Jay Pedersen, Volunteer Manager, at jay.pedersen@somn.org or 612-604-1267.
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Mark Anderson
Phone:mark.anderson@somn.o
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Stillwater Area High School
Stillwater, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

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
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

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
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

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
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

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Volleyball Competitions

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.


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