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.
Miami Dolphins Mack Hollins Makes Surprise Call to Special Olympics Athlete
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave a majority of sports and events on hold, Special Olympics launched Call To Action, an initiative to encourage our athletes to remain active and lift their spirits by surprising them with a phone call from their heroes.
Coach Maria at World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 standing with two athletes on either side of her in front of the pavilion.
My journey of being the National Director of Sports for Special Olympics Brazil, a tennis coach and technical delegate coincides with my love of learning.
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Special Olympics Switzerland Challenge Logo
Special Olympics Switzerland has found a smart and innovative way to keep providing athletes with the training they need—even in our new more restricted reality! The Special Olympics Switzerland Challenge is a new multilingual website and activity hub where athletes can participate in digital training sessions and competitions, no matter where in the world they are!
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Athlete Kai Bodenstein hugging Coach Rob van Someren Brand in a gymnasium.
My name is Rob van Someren Brand, and I’m a football coach for Special Olympics Germany in Berlin.
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Coach Emi in a bright purple cow-neck sweater on the ice with ice skaters in the background.  Text on the top reads: Confidence. Text on the bottom reads: Coach Emi Freese, Special Olympics New York; Gallagher logo and text that reads: Official Sponsor of Special Olympics International Sport and Coach Programming.
The role of a coach comes down to being a strong and supportive leader. As Special Olympics New York coaches, we do this with and for the athletes. We're taking the sport that we love and sharing it because we want to make a change in this world for the better.
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This post first appeared in Human Race from Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
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Coach Robert with his two sons Roberto Jr. and Coach Carlos; all three men wearing a MERCER 2019 Special Olympics New Jersey Games shirt.
Roberto Hernandez has coached athletes with intellectual disabilities for 25 years. That’s a long time to do anything, but when you talk to Coach Roberto about coaching for Special Olympics New Jersey now, he still has passion in his voice, the same passion he exudes when he talks about his family.
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young woman with blond hair sitting at a desk talking.
Special Olympics joins the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) on Coaches Day 2020 to celebrate Special Olympics coaches worldwide.

To learn more about being a Special Olympics coach, check out the free online learning portal.

Scroll to see just a few of our athletes’ #ThanksCoach messages! You can post your own #ThanksCoach video on your social media platforms!
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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