How to become a volunteer


I promise to give of the time in my life, so that Special Olympics athletes can have the time of their lives.
I promise to support Special Olympics not just as an expression of charity, but as a form of respect for my fellow human beings.
I promise to spread the word of volunteerism because in giving, I receive so much more in return. -Volunteer Oath

Get Involved!

Special Olympics Texas would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers. More than 34,205 volunteers dedicate their time to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams. On behalf of the athletes we serve, thank you for your interest.

Who Can Become a Volunteer?

Our volunteer base includes students, senior citizens, business groups, professional individuals, civic organizations, families, amateur and professional athletes, and coaches to name a few. In other words, ANYONE CAN GET INVOLVED!

There is no experience required; however, you must be at least 15 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult. Volunteers participate in an orientation prior to working with our athletes.

How Do I Register?

Volunteer registration process is different for Class A and Class B volunteers. For more on Volunteer Roles, click here.

Class A Volunteer

The following area examples of Class A Volunteers:

  • Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Chaperone
  • Committee Member
  • Official
  • Trainer
  • Unified Sports® Partner

Class A Volunteers must complete all forms on the next page in order to receive Class A Certification.

Day of Event Volunteer (Class B)

The following is a list of possible day of event volunteer opportunities:

  • Competition day of event – most popular role for new volunteers
  • Administrative
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach

Class B Volunteers typically pre-register with the area office for a particular event, and then fill out the Class B paperwork upon arrival at the venue to volunteer.  Please check with your area office about their specific registration process.  Please be prepared to show a photo ID when registering.

Volunteer Form - and follow instructions.

For more information, please contact:
Toby Daniels