Types of Volunteers
All Volunteers fall under one of three categories:
Class A Volunteers: Those who have regular, close physical contact with athletes; are in a position of authority or supervision of athletes; are in a position of trust of athletes; and/or handle substantial amounts of cash or other assets of athletes. Examples include: Coaches, Chaperones and Unified Partners*. These volunteers are required to submit a signed, completed and truthful Volunteer Application at least every three years. The information submitted will be used to complete a criminal records check, and where applicable, a motor vehicle records check. Background checks will be completed at no cost to our volunteers and will help ensure the safety of our athletes.
Class B Volunteers: Those who have limited contact with athletes or who have contact with athletes only when accompanied by coaches and chaperones. Examples of Class B volunteers include "Day of Volunteers", i.e. timers, medical personnel. Class B volunteers must verify their identity via a photo ID upon arrival at the competition site. A formal application or background check is not required for these volunteers.
Unified Partners: Unified Sports is an initiative that combines approximate equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition.