Our Volunteers
Volunteer Lead
Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers. They can also be unified partners—playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities—or fans cheering in the stands.
Mohammed Mounir illustrated story.
How the Coach’s lifetime commitment to promote tolerance and acceptance is changing the worldview of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
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Group of athletes on the street running with the Flame of Hope.
Join members of law enforcement on September 20th
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Image of athletes and coaches with the Gallagher and Special Olympics logos at the top.
As the Official Sponsor of Special Olympic International Sport and Coach Programming, A.J. Gallagher & Co. is committed to empowering athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to face their future with confidence through quality coaching and training experiences.
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Three people pose in front of a large white sign that has the Special Olympics World Games LA 2015 logo on it. They are smiling.
Carolyn Phillips is Manager of Stakeholder Engagement at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. Since February 2015 when she first volunteered for Special Olympics at the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, she has been committed to serving the athletes in the movement.
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Celebrating Fathers
Special Olympics is grateful for the participation and support of fathers all over the globe. Fathers who are athletes, fans, coaches, volunteers, staff and cheerleaders help make this movement so special.
School of Strength Athletes pose with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch
A Fitness and Nutrition Resource for People With Intellectual Disabilities
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Ratna Mohd Zain, her daughter Nadhrah and Coach JC.
Ratna Mohd Zain’s daughter Nadhrah is a swimmer with Special Olympics Singapore. Ratna believes parents need to play their part to work in tandem with coaches to bring out the best in their children.
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Athlete smiling and looking off into the distance.
Special Olympics athletes deserve to be healthy from head to toe, just like everyone else. See how our Fit Feet (podiatry) program makes this happen!
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Chris Nikic and Daniel Grieb competing together, running outside.
Coach, Unified partner and guide Daniel Grieb reflects on his training journey with Chris Nikic, Special Olympics Florida, and his quest to be the first athlete with Down syndrome on record to complete a full Ironman distance race (140.6 miles).
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Woman standing in from of a group of people giving a presentation and holding a Special Olympics football.
I have been a volunteer with Special Olympics for more than two years now. As a youth leader, I work closely with the athletes of Special Olympics to advocate for a more inclusive society in India and around the world. The life lessons I’ve learned in the course of this journey have been invaluable.
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Savyna smiling wearing a shirt that reads, "Be a good human" and holding a sign that reads, "Choose to Include."
Our 1.5 million volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement.
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A team in blue football kits gather together in front of the goals on a pitch with their hands in the air.
Through the power of football, a strong bond has developed between SKF and Special Olympics France athletes.
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