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There are 54 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.


Coach, 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 the sport, 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.


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For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities, develop belief in themselves, and feel like champions.  But for every inspiring Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance to shine.  Donate today and help us reach out to one more person who wants to participate.

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