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Special Olympics

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.

Volunteer Application Form


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.

Unified Partner Volunteer Form

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