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.
Cameron Brate, a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has supported Special Olympics throughout his career.
Ben McBride, Special Olympics UAE Football Coach, Regularly Welcomes Hundreds of Athletes to Virtual Training Sessions
Ben McBride is a volunteer football (soccer) coach from Special Olympics UAE. Prior to joining Special Olympics UAE as a Coach, Ben organized various sports programs for athletes of determination* for over 15 years.2 Min Read
NFL Player Harrison Phillips Surprises Special Olympics New York Athlete Jacob Babcock.
Throughout the Special Olympics community, 2020 has been a year full of unprecedented events and obstacles, many of which have never been encountered. As many things have changed, one thing has stayed consistent: the number of outstanding coaches still substantially impacting their communities.1 Min Read
Special Olympics Maryland has been looking for ways to engage athletes virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In March, they started monthly “Sports Talks” highlighting a different sport each time as part of their virtual movement.1 Min Read
Ten years ago, pro-golfer Padraig Harrington joined Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador and has remained a constant presences ever since.1 Min Read
Big Show is one of the most decorated WWE champions in history, an actor and a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. He has earned the respect of athletes around the world by attending any event he can, encouraging other WWE stars to participate in the movement and crafting ideas to keep athletes healthy and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Min Read
I’ve been a Special Olympics North Dakota coach for 32 years. In that time, I’ve had the opportunity to coach athletes in snowshoe, cross-country skiing, bowling, basketball, volleyball, powerlifting, swimming, soccer (football) and athletics.3 Min Read
It is the Special Olympics belief that all athletes are champions, and the purpose of holding sports competitions is to recognize the bravery and abilities of the athletes in our communities. In my role as a Special Olympics coach, Special Olympics Iran athletes taught me about the pivotal role that the Special Olympics athletes play in society.3 Min Read