Special Olympics Utah is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competitions. Special Olympics transforms communities and brings people together through the events and programs throughout Utah.


Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Utah. We could not exist without the dedication of thousands of Utahns.

In Utah, we count on over 4000 volunteers across the state. The time, energy and enthusiasm of volunteers fuel our movement and make our athletes’ dreams a reality.

At Special Olympics Utah, there is a place for everyone. At the end of the day, all volunteers have one thing in common, pride in knowing they are providing opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Read our May 2017 edition of News from Special Olympics Utah to read more about how volunteering with us can change your world for the better!

Volunteer Opportunities are still available, see below for day of event volunteer opportunities or email us at volunteers@sout.org.

For more information on how to become a coach or athlete, please contact Jonathan Embler, VP of Sports Programs

For more information on how you bring your corporate volunteers or large groups to the Summer Games, to sponsor the Summer Games or other special events, or to support our programs, please contact Wendy Kelly, Director of Community Outreach and Partnerships


2017 Utah Summer Games Volunteer Opportunities

June 2- Softball 

June 2- Athletics (Track & Field)

June 2- Block Party

June 3- Softball

June 3- Athletics (Track & Field)

June 3- Aquatics (Swimming)




Congratulations to the amazing athletes who participated in the 2017 STATE AREA GAMES! See you at the Summer Games!



JUNE 2nd & 3rd in Utah County

Special Olympics Utah’s 2017 Summer Games will be held in the Utah County area on June 2nd – 3rd.  Nearly 1,300 athletes and Unified Sports partners will compete during this two-day event and will receive support from nearly 500 coaches and hundreds of day-of-volunteers. Competition will be held in the following sports:

  • Athletics (Track & Field) – Provo High School
  • Swim – Provo Recreation Center
  • Softball and Unified Sports® Softball – Footprinters Park
  • Motor Activities Training Program – Held at each venue

Join us on Friday evening, June 2nd, for our first Special Olympics Utah Block Party held at The Orchard @ University Place.

Please note that the location for the above sporting events will be held at different locations in the same area. Each venue will offer a delegation registration, volunteer check-in, and Opening Ceremonies. Please contact Jonathan Embler at embler@sout.org for more information or questions.

2017 Summer Games Schedule of Events


Thank you to our 2017 Summer Games Sponsors!

Presenting: Harmons Neighborhood Grocers

Mission: Larry H. Miller Charities & Utah Jazz

Community: Vivint Gives Back

Gold: Autoliv

Silver: CareerStep – Tesoro – DOMO

Bronze: eBay – doTerra



2017 Torch Runs   

Torch Run Routes as of May 1, 2017

Wed. May 24 – Davis County, Kaysville, Clearfield, Layton, and multiple agencies

Wed. May 24 – Draper City/ Salt Lake County

Thurs. May 25 – Box Elder Co./ Brigham City and other cities and towns

Sat. May 27 – St. George City/ Washington Co.

Fri.  June 2 –  The Final Leg of the 2017 Torch Runs.  Join us at The Orchard @ University Place in Orem! Welcome our officers and athletes as we light the Cauldron and kick off the 2017 Summer Games! 





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