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

October 14, 2014 | North America: South Dakota

My Little Sister

By Sydney Powers

1st Place Volleyball - 2014 State Summer Games

I didn't like knowing that my only little sister is different and she can't do things like I could. I kinda felt that there was something "wrong" with her but my family didn't know it till she was 8. Then, my whole world changed.View Story My little sister, Delaney, has autism. I used to distance myself from her because I didn't like knowing that my only little sister is different and she can't do things like I could. I kinda felt that there was something "wrong" with her but my family didn't know it till she was 8. Then, my whole world changed. She made me see that not everything works in one certain way. She got me involved in her life and now if I go a day without seeing her, I want to cry because that's just how much I love and appreciate her.I guess her autism was a blessing, kinda. She inspired me to get involved in Special Olympics AND become a volunteer/coach. She inspired me to set my goals for the future. It used to be impossible to go places and not worry about what Delaney would do, but now she a completely changed girl in the short time of just one year. To me, she is my everything. We are the closest of sisters as it gets and Special Olympics Brookings helped us to be this way. They are a part of our family.

About Sydney Powers:I'm a high school student at Brookings High School. I just got involved with Special Olympics Brookings in the past year (2013) and they are basically my other family. I love seeing the athletes in the hallways or around town because they are always so happy to see you to. I'm very glad that I'm able to be apart of this team.
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October 10, 2014 | Africa: Tanzania

Sports Specific Volleyball training in Tanzania

By Mr Frank Macha

Volleyball is a very popular sport in Tanzania, providing a window of opportunity for the program to implement Sports Specific training.View Story Volleyball is a very popular sport in Tanzania, providing a window of opportunity for the program to implement sport-specific training. A four-day training was conducted for 23 coaches from the Ilala, Kinondoni, Temeke and Coast sub-programs. To offer the best skills and training the program invited the Tanzania Volley Ball Association and the Head Coach of the Tanzania People Defence Forces volleyball team to assist with the training. Great expertise was provided to the coaches to help them develop the skills of Special Olympics athletes in volleyball. They were encouraged to go back to their programs and recruit Unified volleyball teams to compete in a Unified Sports® event to be held in Dar es Salaam in October. This will help the program to evaluate the impact of the training and look at ways to further improve the quality of Special Olympics volleyball in Tanzania.

About Mr Frank Macha :Special Olympics Tanzania National Director
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October 07, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Romania

Special Olympics Romania celebrates EKS Day

By Emilia Ispas

Special Olympics Romania athletes had a fun participating in Zumba class as part of EKS Day.

Special Olympics Romania celebrated Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day on 27 September 2014 in Bucharest with almost 100 local athletes participating.View Story Special Olympics Romania celebrated Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day on 27 September 2014 in Bucharest with almost 100 local athletes participating. The event was held at the headquarters of the National Academy for Physical Education and Sports. Participants took part in a fun day of aerobics, Zumba, Unified Football and, for the first time, Unified Volleyball, a sport being developed throughout Special Olympics programs in Europe and Eurasia. Sixty-eight volunteers helped run the day;among them were volunteers from Vodafone Foundation, Special Olympics Romania’s main sponsor.

About Emilia Ispas:Emilia Ispas heads the Project Unify initative in Special Olympics Romania.
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Upcoming Volleyball Events




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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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

Feb 5 - 8 2015

Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

We are excited to invite you to the 22nd annual Winter Games! Athletes from across the state have been training for weeks to compete in bowling, powerlifting, and volleyball. In addition, special events such as Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Village, Victory Dance, Closing Ceremonies and various clinics and demonstrations will round out the experience for athletes, coaches and families in attendance. Special Olympics Games bring out the champion in all of us!
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Various Venues
Austin and Round Rock, Texas

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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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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