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How to Volunteer as a Coach or Official with the Special Olympics

Special Olympics The Special Olympics is always seeking eager sports officials to help maintain the rules and regulations, and safe competition of the sports being performed. To become a volunteer coach or official, you must first become a certified Special Olympics sport–specific official. The Special Olympics offers a training and certification process that consists of three stages: 1. Introduction to the Special Olympics, 2. Officiating Special Olympics Events, Necessary Rules and Sport Equipment Modifications, and 3. Officiating 10 Hours (or "job shadowing" five Special Olympics sport–specific competitions). Once you have completed the training courses successfully, you must complete a Special Olympics Sports Training Form. To learn more about how to become a volunteer coach or official with the Special Olympics, visit:

About the Special Olympics:

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year–round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic–type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics holds events in all 50 US states and over 170 countries worldwide. There are 3.5 million Special Olympic athletes and 280,000 certified coaches within the Special Olympics movement.