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.
Young man holding an American Football and running while two members from the opposing team are chasing him.
The Chicago Bears hosted 180 Special Olympics athletes from 12 Special Olympics Illinois teams in a flag football tournament held in Halas Hall. The tournament which was sponsored by United Airlines allowed Bears players such as Rookie Running Back David Montgomery a chance to give Special Olympics athletes a chance to fulfill aspirations that they once had as kids.
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the court with unified athletes giving them a lesson.
Charlotte Hornets forward and former University of Kentucky Wildcats champion Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hosted a basketball camp for 60 Special Olympics athletes at the Joe Craft Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Family of 8 standing together for a photo, Sesame Street's Elmo is standing behind the family.
Special Olympics volunteers Dr. Dindo Astom and Dr. Arlyn Astom found a way to make a difference for people with intellectual disabilities...
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James Winston, NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback on the field speaking into the microphone with young kids behind him.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback James Winston welcomed 75 Special Olympics Florida athletes to his Dream Forever Foundation football camp.
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Ahmed and family in a photo taken outside overlooking a city.
As we celebrate the International Day of Families we thank all of the families that support the Special Olympics.
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Nicholas Leong standing in front of a cement wall with a camera over either shoulder.
When I was asked if I was interested to volunteer as a photographer to cover the athletes from the Asia Pacific Region at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, the answer was a resounding yes.
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Joe Haden coaches athletes during the unified flag football at Zayed Sports City during the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi on March 16, 2019.
The 2019 NFL Draft will usher in a new crop of elite athletes that will develop into future leader of their respective teams and communities.
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Athletes working out and following the instructions of a volunteer instructor while stretching out in a gym.
For 22 years, Special Olympics has incorporated health programming and trained people to use their skills to provide free health screenings for athletes in more than 135 countries.
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Volunteers and athletes dance together on the sand at the beach at the 2018 Beach Games in Trinidad.
You can find them at events, in offices and all over social media! Special Olympics volunteers are the motor fueling the movement.
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Three volunteers posing for a picture during Healthy Athletes screening, one man in paper scrubs and the other two in tag Healthy Athletes branded polo and vests.
Over 20,000 volunteers answered the call and played a major role in the largest World Games in Special Olympics history.
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Didier Drogba surrounded by athletes for a group photo.
According to the latest studies, at up to 50% of the world's population is introverted, ranging from needing some alone time to having social anxiety.
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A group of volunteers crouch on the grass in from of a building. They are smiling and holding a banner that reads 'Better Together' with decorations and two flags.
Just in time for the one year anniversary of our partnership, the Kerry Group is sending nine volunteers to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi!
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