Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Pennsylvania represented through 54 local programs.  We could not exist without the dedication of thousands of Pennsylvania citizens.  The time, energy and enthusiasm of volunteers fuel our movement and make our athletes’ dreams a reality. There is a place for everyone in our organization. Please visit our “Volunteer Opportunities” page BEFORE submitting your volunteer registration to check out our volunteer opportunities.

***We are currently in need of volunteers for our Summer Games - a statewide competition held at Penn State University from June 2 - 4. You can click here to learn more or reach out to Erika Christiansen at 814-234-3750 ext. 238 or

Not sure how to complete our online Volunteer Application?  Take a look at our brief "How To Become A Volunteer" video that will walk you through the process step by step!


For individuals interested in becoming a Class A (Coach, Unified Sports Partner, etc.) or Class B volunteer (Event Volunteer).

Volunteer Application


For Class B volunteer (Event Volunteer) who has already completed the New Volunteer Application. On the Online Portal you will be able to find and sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities.  

Online Portal

For currently registered Class A volunteers that need background checks (18 years or older only).

Background Check Guide


Volunteer Classifications:

Special Olympics Pennsylvania has two different classifications of volunteers.  They are:

Class A – A Class A volunteer is someone who is or may be in immediate contact with athletes. Class A volunteers are required to have background checks completed before assuming their role. Class A volunteers will also be required to complete trainings. 

To find out “What to Expect” in completing your SOPA Class A background checks, click here.

Class B – A Class B volunteer is someone with casual or limited contact with athletes, such as Event Volunteers. 

Read or download our One-Day Volunteer Expectation Brochure and/or our Expectation One-Sheet

Consider Unified Sports

Special Olympics Unified Sports® creates an opportunity for people without intellectual disabilities to join in the sports experience by playing on a team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Not only do the players all have fun, but attitude change and transformation happens on the playing field and the experiences create lifelong friendships.  Click here for more information.