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Become a Coach

Coaches teach the skills, attitude, values and spirit that define a true athlete. They are role models and character-builders both on and off the field of play.

Special Olympics coaches go even further—they support athletes with intellectual disabilities to discover their own strengths and abilities. They encourage them and challenge them to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of your athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence that an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect. They can help them succeed in school, get a job and find confidence in social situations and in life.

You can be a coach for one or more of our sports seasons:

  • Winter (Jan - March) - basketball, powerlifting and snow sports
  • Summer (May - July) - athletics (track & field), bocce, golf and softball
  • Fall (Sept - Nov) - swimming, bowling, soccer and vollebyall

Complete your Class A Application to Become A Coach

All volunteers who have close contact with athletes, including coaches, chaperones, Unified Partners and Local Program Management members need to complete the Class A Volunteer process which includes an online application, background check and online trainings.

Click on the county below to find more out more information and start your Class A Application to become a coach with your Local Program! 

If you're interested in coaching and want more information, please contact us at