Volunteers are vital to the success of Special Olympics Utah competitions and events – join the #InclusionRevolution today!
How To Get Started
- first, determine what kind of volunteer you want to be by reading our Volunteer Job Descriptions (below).
- To sign up to be a day-of volunteer for a specific event, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
- A few days prior to your scheduled volunteer date you will receive a reminder of your scheduled shift and possibly your volunteer assignment. Please read the Volunteer information we provide and be sure to bring your photo ID to the event when you check in, and enjoy making a difference!
Volunteer Job Descriptions
There are two levels of Special Olympics Utah volunteers: Class A or Class B, click for details.
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 email 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.
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.
Details and Requirements
Event volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer independently. Depending on the event, there are volunteer opportunities for youth ages 8 and up. Ages 8 – 15 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 volunteer duties and are welcome to spectate and cheer as “Fans in the Stands”.
If you are interested in bringing a group of 6 or more out to volunteer for an event, please email us at to learn what opportunities are available. Youth groups are welcome with proper adult supervision (see age requirements).
We also have opportunities for Corporate Volunteerism.
Check out our Volunteer Opportunities section for current openings.
Please contact us at least two days before the event. We cannot help the day of competitions and events, we are in the field! Thank you!