Special Olympics Southern California would not exist today without the expertise, time, and enthusiasm of its volunteers.

They are on the sports field guiding the athletes through drills. They are behind the scenes ensuring events run properly. And they are giving and receiving more high fives and hugs than they can count.

The time commitment for volunteers varies from a few hours per year at specific events to working several hours a week year-round. Whatever your interests, talents, background and availability, there are opportunities for you.

Volunteer Opportunities


Work directly with Special Olympics athletes to improve their skills in sports. Opportunities range from head coach, assistant coach, or sports volunteer.

Commitment for team practice is seasonal for each sport, usually two hours per week for 8 - 20 weeks. Total commitment, including training, is 60 or more hours per season for head coaches, 30 - 60 hours per season for assistant coaches, and 15 - 30 hours per season for sports volunteers. All coaches are required to complete a screening process.

To become a coach, contact a local program near you and talk with the sports manager.


Perform short-term tasks at local competitive events (i.e., Regional Games) or chapter Summer Games or Fall Games.

Commitment: Four to eight-hour shifts one or more days each year depending on interest, availability, and competition schedule.

Local Competitions

To become a volunteer, contact a local program and talk with the volunteer manager.

Fall Games

More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to host Fall Games on December 13 - 14 in Fountain Valley and Irvine. At the Games, more than 1,100 athletes will compete in the second of two Southern California championships held annually. Become a volunteer.

Partnership Volunteers

We provide many opportunities for groups to volunteer — a great team-building activity. Opportunities can be one day for a specific event or ongoing.

Complete the General Interest Form

Event Planning and Management

Join a committee of volunteers and staff working together to plan and manage a sports competition or competition-related event. This position begins four to six months in advance of the event. Specific hours vary by event and position.

Local Events

To become a volunteer, contact a local program and talk with the volunteer manager.

Chapter Events

To become a volunteer, please complete the application.


Plan and/or implement activities to raise financial and in-kind support. Commitment ranges from three to four hours for a single event to one year as a committee member.

Local Fundraising

To become a volunteer, contact a local program and talk with the volunteer manager.

Chapter Fundraising

To become a volunteer, please complete the application.


Provide basic first aid at competitions. This position asks volunteers to work four to eight hour shifts one or more days per year. Medical training and certification required.

Complete the General Interest Form

Office Support

Perform general office work and administrative tasks. This position requires a minimum commitment of four hours per week. To become a volunteer, contact a local program near you and talk with the volunteer manager.

Public Relations

Assist the Communications & Marketing Department to promote events, sports competitions, and athletes. Projects include copywriting, editing websites, designing graphics, managing and organizing photos and videos, and assisting with public relations for events. Commitment ranges from a few hours for one specific activity to a year-long commitment for various projects.

Complete the General Interest Form

World Games 2015

If you would like to become a volunteer, sponsor, or supporter for World Games 2015, please visit the World Games website.

More Opportunities

Don't see a position on this page that interests you? Complete the volunteer interest form for all other opportunities.

For any other inquiries, please email us at volunteer@sosc.org.


We also offer internships to students throughout the year. Internships are available in marketing and communications, event planning and corporate sponsorships, sports management, or human resources and volunteer management. Become an intern.

Whistleblower Policy

The Whistleblower Policy establishes procedures for individuals to report, without fear of retaliation, complaints or unethical conduct occurring at Special Olympics Southern California. This policy allows us to investigate and remedy any potential issues before a situation has unintended consequences. View the entire policy.

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