Volunteer: Overview

Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you, individuals who choose to take a little time from busy schedules to make the world a better place.

Volunteers are vital to our organization! More than 5,000 people volunteer in Utah throughout the year to make our competitions, Law Enforcement Torch Run and special events successful.

What does a volunteer do?

Special Olympics is a volunteer organization, which means we need volunteers for just about everything. Volunteers can coach, help in fundraising, be on Games Organizing Committees, volunteer the day of events, help in local areas with a team and so much more! For more information about volunteer job descriptions click here.

When can I volunteer?

There are ongoing and day-of-event volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics Utah. Some volunteers offer a few hours of their time a year at specific events, while others work several hours a week during our sports seasons.

Where can I volunteer?

You can volunteer in your local community during our sports seasons.  We have local area competitions and state games. Check our calendar frequently for upcoming events in your area!

How do I sign up a group of volunteers?

If you are interested in bringing a group of 6 or more out to volunteer for an event, first contact the Outreach & Volunteer Manager at volunteer@sout.org to see what opportunities are available. Youth groups (up to 30 people) are welcome with proper adult supervision (see age requirements). We also have opportunities for Corporate Volunteerism.

What is the age requirement?

Event Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer independently. Anyone 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult (4 to 1 ratio for youth groups; 1 adult per every 4 youth). Children are welcome at our events, but anyone 7 years and younger will not be assigned any duties and are welcome to spectate and cheer.

What else do I need to do?

Register as a volunteer! Complete the online application by clicking the button below. A few days prior to your scheduled volunteer date read the Special Olympics Utah Volunteer Handbook. It is only 5 pages long and contains important information. Other than that, show up (with your photo ID) and have a good time!

What volunteer opportunities are currently available?

To be a Day-of-Event Volunteer, register below for that specific event. Opportunities are regularly updated, so be sure to check back.  You can also fill out our General Volunteer Information form and we will contact you if there are upcoming opportunities in your area.

Day-of-Event Volunteer Opportunities


2015 Unified Sports Soccer College Cup
Saturday, April 18th
Utah Sports Lodge, Riverton
Click here to register

2015 North Area Track & Field
Saturday, April 25th
Utah State University, Logan
Click here to register

2015 SOUT/UHSAA Unified Sports Soccer Championship
Saturday, May 2nd
Hillcrest High School, Midvale
Click here to register