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There are 55 city/county programs associated with Special Olympics Pennsylvania across the state, and all of them need volunteers at various times during the year.  Volunteer are needed for state events as well. Below are various volunteer opportunities from which to choose. Please review and the below grid to determine your best fit and click on the “Volunteer Registration” button  to begin your volunteer process.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS PENNSYLVANIA (SOPA)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!

Volunteer Position

Description

Commitment

Requirements

Coach

or

Assistant Coach

or

Athlete as Coach

(Class A)

Organizes practices & selects training sites and times.  Sport knowledgeable and Special Olympics knowledgeable. Receives training designed specifically for the sport. Coaches must be 16 to 17 yrs. old for one day events. Coaches must be 18 yrs. or older for overnight events.

Participation is seasonal  for each sport.The  commitment, depending  on thesport, ranges from              8-10 weeks, 2 hours  per week plus                competition day(s)                          is minimum, but many      programs train more often.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks (for 18 and over) through SOPA.

Training:

Unified Sports Partner

(Class A)

Train and compete on a team with Special Olympics athletes as a teammate/Partner!

Participation is seasonal for each sport. The commitment, depending on the sport, ranges from 8-10weeks, 2 hours per week plus competition day(s) is minimum, but many programs train more often.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks (for 18 and over) through SOPA.

Training:

Local Program Management

(Class A)

The Local Program Management Team administers Special Olympics in their geographic boundaries. Local Program Management Team's are composed 12 volunteer roles to include: Manager, Assistant Manager, Coordinators for Training, Competition, Public Relations, Outreach, and Fund Raising to name a few.

As a Management Team, you will work year-round with fellow members to develop and execute plans for successful programming. Most programs meet on a monthly basis with activities scheduled throughout the year.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks through SOPA.

Training:

Games Organizing Committee - GOC

(Class A)

Months of preparation goes into coordinating our Special Olympics Games. Games are held in all seasons both on a local, state or sectional level.

Depending on the size of the Games, GOC preparation may take 3 to 8 months planning. Most GOC’s meet monthly – more frequently as Games near, with activities scheduled throughout the planning time.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks through SOPA.

Training:

Event Volunteer

(Class B)

Event Volunteer roles are many – from officiating or refereeing games/ competitions to pre-Games set-up or serving as a timer, to name a few.

3 to 8 hour shifts on competition days. Time and shifts are position and volunteer recruitment dependant.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Training:

Corporate Volunteerism

(Class B)

Volunteering for Special Olympics Pennsylvania allows corporations to showcase their social responsibility, build brand awareness, and provide a vast array of volunteer and team-building opportunities for employees.

We can help find ways to align your corporate goals with meaningful volunteer opportunities for your employees. Whether you help as day-of-event volunteers or take on longer assignments as members of a Games or Local Program Management Team, we can help provide rewarding workplace engagement.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Training:

For more information on corporate Volunteering for SOPA: Eric Cushing, VP of Marketing & Development

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 610.630.9450, ext. 229

Healthy Athletes

(Class B)

Help conduct free health screenings at events. Screenings include teeth, hearing, feet, vision, and general wellness.

3-8 hour shifts during competition or standalone event days.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Training:

  • Event position specific training (onsite)

 

Volunteer Registration

 

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