Become a Coach

Be A Coach Lead

Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else’s life.

More Than a Coach

Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders.

Special Olympics coaches go even further—they help athletes with intellectual disabilities find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect. They can help an athlete succeed in school or even find a job.

Coaches also get a lot in return. They get to know athletes who inspire—athletes who are brave and determined, despite the odds against them. Coaches become more than teachers, mentors and role models—they are seen as leaders in the community.

Coaching Excellence

Special Olympics is committed to coaching excellence—because it benefits both coaches and athletes at the same time. In a supportive learning environment, coaches work to enhance athletes’ sport techniques, tactics and fitness.

We partner with sports organizations to provide the highest and most up-to-date level of coaching knowledge.

Coaching education helps our coaches recognize each athlete’s potential. It also comes into play as we increase training and competition. Those opportunities help each athlete can reach—or exceed—their personal best.

Special Olympics focuses on our athletes.

Our coaches aim high and take pride in their athletes' achievements, which can often be life-changing moments.

Become a Coach

Start the process of becoming a Special Olympics coach by getting in touch with the Special Olympics office nearest you.

Additional Coaching Information
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Our coaches come from a variety of backgrounds that are passionate about making a difference. Here are some valuable tools to get you started.
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All Special Olympics coaches agree to observe a code of conduct to ensure that we maintain the the highest ideals of sport
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These quizzes highlight aspects of Special Olympics sports that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!
Special Olympics combines intense competition at all levels of age and ability with close attention to rules and protocol.
The heart of Special Olympics is competitions for people with intellectual disabilities. Understand how we organize and manage our events.
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Special Olympics offers many ways to take part. There are short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities, the option of playing Unified Sports and to become a Special Olympics athlete.