Knowledgebase: Volunteer FAQ
Why should I get Involved/what are the benefits of Special Olympics?
Posted by Katie MacDonald on 11 August 2009 08:51 AM

Special Olympics is a grass-roots organization that enriches the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics provides year-round access to sports and competitions, inspires physical fitness and hygiene and helps athletes to develop friendships. Most importantly, an organization like Special Olympics allows these athletes to shine and build up their confidence over time which in turn creates successful and happy members within the community. 

Special Olympics relies on volunteers at all levels of the movement to ensure that every athlete is offered a quality sports training and competition experience. Our athletes look to our volunteers for inspiration, guidance and coaching. In return, our volunteers have amazing experiences and often stay with our organization for years.

Volunteering for Special Olympics  can be a life-changing experience — not just for the athletes, but for you as well. Special Olympics Ontario's  programs promote participation and inclusion and transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. When volunteers come together with athletes with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics, longstanding myths are dispelled, negative attitudes changed, and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with differences are created

Some benefits to getting involved and becoming a volunteer with Special Olympics include: contributing to the physical, social and emotional development of the athletes you work with, developing your coaching skills, developing administrative skills, becoming a role model for athletes, obtaining your NCCP etc. 

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