Volunteer Job Descriptions
There are two levels of Special Olympics Utah volunteers: Class A or Class B.
Class A Volunteer
A long-term opportunity that involves having close physical contact with athletes on a regular basis in a position of authority, supervision and trust with athletes and within the organization. Examples include coaches, Unified partners, Area Management teams and volunteers who have substantial administrative and/or fiscal authority. All Class A volunteers must pass a background check.
Games Management Team or Games Organizing Committee
- Group of volunteer leaders who work together to strengthen and support Special Olympic Utah’s geographical areas. May consist of high school or college age students, corporate groups or and/or members of the community. Assist with a specific competition committee in organizing and implementing the sporting event at the area or state levels. Time commitment depends on the level of event (approx. 3 – 4 months leading up to competition). After-hours meetings and planning sessions are involved. Attendance at competitions is mandatory.
- Work directly with SOUT athletes through teaching and training of a specific sport. Participation is seasonal for each sport. The usual commitment is 2-3 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks per season. Please contact Jonathan Embler for registration and requirements.
- Unified Sports Partner® is a program that combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Athletes and partners train and compete alongside one another. Participation is seasonal for each sport, generally 1 or 2 practices per week throughout the season.
If you are interested in becoming a Class A volunteer, contact Jonathan Embler for more information on how you can join the Special Olympics Utah Team.
Class B Volunteer
This is a short-term or day-of-event opportunity that involves providing assistance for our programs or supporting a competition or event. This does not necessarily mean you will have close physical contact with our athletes. No prior experience or greater involvement with Special Olympics is required. Day-of-event volunteers are essential to Special Olympics Utah being able to host and run competitions or special events. Those interested in becoming Class B volunteers should check the Day of Event volunteer opportunities for upcoming events and volunteer needs.
Additional volunteer opportunities are available on a case-by-case or project basis. These include assisting with fundraising, planning special events, providing office or administrative assistance, etc.
For specific inquiries or more information, please contact:
Bailee Carlson – Volunteer Coordinator