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.
My name is Rob van Someren Brand, and I’m a football coach for Special Olympics Germany in Berlin.3 Min Read
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.2 Min Read
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.2 Min Read
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.1 Min Read
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.2 Min Read
A Fitness and Nutrition Resource for People With Intellectual Disabilities2 Min Read
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.1 Min Read