Volunteer: Overview

Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you, individuals who choose to take a little time from busy schedules to make the world a better place.

Volunteers are vital to our organization! More than 5,000 people volunteer in Utah throughout the year to make our competitions, Law Enforcement Torch Run and special events successful.

What does a volunteer do?

Special Olympics is a volunteer organization, which means we need volunteers for just about everything. Volunteers can coach, help in fundraising, be on Games Organizing Committees, volunteer the day of events, help in local areas with a team and so much more! For more information about volunteer job descriptions click here.

When can I volunteer?

YEAR-ROUND! One of the most common misconceptions about Special Olympics programs is that we only offer a once-a-year event. Special Olympics Utah provides year-round training and competition for athletes, which means there are volunteer opportunities all the time.  

Where can I volunteer?

You can volunteer in your local community year-round. There are upwards of 50 local area competitions that take place each year. We have 5 state level competitions including: Winter Games, Summer Games, Golf Championships, Fall Sports Classic and Snowball Classic. Check our calendar frequently for upcoming events in your area!

How do I sign up a group of volunteers?

If you are interested in bringing a group of 6 or more out to volunteer for an event, first contact the Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@sout.org to see what opportunities are available. Youth groups are welcome with proper adult supervision (see age requirements). We also have opportunities for Corporate Volunteerism.

What is the age requirement?

Event Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer independently. Anyone 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult (4 to 1 ratio for youth groups; 1 adult per every 4 youth). Children are welcome at our events, but anyone 7 years and younger will not be assigned any duties and are welcome to spectate and cheer.

What else do I need to do?

Register as a volunteer! Complete the online application by clicking the button below. A few days prior to your scheduled volunteer date read the Special Olympics Utah Volunteer Handbook. It is only 5 pages long and contains important information. Other than that, show up (with your photo ID) and have a good time!

What volunteer opportunities are currently available?

To be a Day-of-Event Volunteer, register below for that specific event. Opportunities are regularly updated, so be sure to check back.  You can also fill out our General Volunteer Information form and we will contact you if there are upcoming opportunities in your area.

Day-of-Event Volunteer Opportunities

2014 South Area Bocce
Friday, September 19th
Vernon Worthen Park
St. George
Click here to register online

2014 North Area Basketball
Saturday, September 20th
Clearfield Aquatics Center
Click here to register online

2014 South Area Basketball
Wednesday, September 24th
Washington Community Center
Click here to register online

2014 South Area Aquatics
Thursday, September 25th
Washington Community Center
Click here to register online

2014 Central Area Basketball & Bocce
Friday, September 26th
Pleasant Grove Recreation Center
Pleasant Grove
Click here to register online

2014 North Area Aquatics
Saturday, September 27th
Utah State University
Click here to register online

2014 Fall Sports Classic
Friday - Saturday, October 17 & 18th
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
Click here to register online