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 4 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 East Area Track & Field
Thursday, April 24th
12 p.m.
Grand County High School, Moab
Click here to register

2014 North Area Track & Field
Saturday, April 26th
10 a.m.
Maughan Track - Utah State University, Logan
Click here to register

2014 South Central Area Track & Field
Thursday, May 1st
12 p.m.
Richfield High School, Richfield
Click here to register

2014 SOUT/UHSAA Unified Sports Soccer Championship
Saturday, May 3rd
9:30 a.m.
Hillcrest High School, Midvale
Click here to register

2014 South Area Track & Field
Saturday, May 10th
8 a.m.
Desert Hills High School, St. George
Click here to register

2014 Metro Area Track & Field
Saturday, May 10th
9 a.m.
Skyline High School, Salt Lake City
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2014 Central Area Track & Field
Friday, May 23rd
9 a.m.
Provo High School, Provo
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2014 Summer Games
Friday, June 6th & Saturday, June 7th
8 a.m.
Herriman High School, Herriman
Click here to register