VOLUNTEER Inside of Sports

Inside of Sports roles are determined by need and season. The best Inside of Sports volunteers are ones who are enthusiastic, patient, and flexible. We provide training on sporting rules and regulations, but the real success comes from you. Your attitude enhances the athlete’s experience and there is nothing more important. Start your volunteer journey today by reviewing the positions and submitting part 1 of your application.

Due to COVID-19, some volunteer roles are on hold. We are still recruiting coaches for when we return to activity. If you have questions, please contact volunteer@sosc.org


Look over the information for the position(s) that you are interested in.

Whether it be coaching traditional or Unified teams or being a Head Coach to a Regional Basketball team at our SOSC Championships, coaching starts here.

  • Team Volunteer (Level 1)

    Entry level training of Special Olympics for team manager, equipment manager, training site volunteer, chaperone. This is a non-coaching role and cannot provide instruction to athletes. Team volunteers assist Head Coach and Coaches with sports and non-sports training activities. Ages 14+ may apply.

  • Certified Coach (Level 2)

    Additional training provided in the core coaching components and sports-specific essentials in traditional Special Olympics and Unified Sports. Coaches assist Head Coaches with creating, organizing, and conducting a comprehensive sports training program. Knowledge and/or coaching experience in the sport you are interested in coaching, preferred. Ages 16+ may apply.

  • Certified Head Coach/Coach (Level 3)

    Advanced training provided for coaching traditional Special Olympics and Unified Sports. Ages 18+ may apply.

Read more about our coaching levels

Coaching Levels

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  • Young Athletes

    Young Athletes is a program designed for children 2-7 years old. This program focuses on developing motor, social, and cognitive skills with the help of active games, songs, and more! Along with the benefits to mental and physical growth, Young Athletes strengthens social and emotional development and provides a boost in family support. Young Athlete Coaches help carry out the activities during the 8-week program.

  • Team Wellness

    Team Wellness is an exciting and unique health and wellness program designed for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. This 8-10 week program includes wellness training to improve eating and exercise habits that last a lifetime! Team Wellness Coaches lead sessions and help athletes stay on track.

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Our Games Management Team (GMT) is the magic behind every competition. This team makes up the athlete experience and brings joy to athletes, their families, spectators, volunteers, and more. GMT members are responsible for overseeing daily operations of their assigned functional area within the event. They may be responsible for training and leading day-of teams of volunteers. These positions are ongoing and may require team meetings leading up to competitions. Positions may be open on the regional and chapter level. Ages 18+ may apply.

Volunteer Interest Form

Our volunteers and coaches invest in the athletes and SOSC. In turn, we invest in you with training and support. Our Level 2 and Level 3 Certified Coaches attend sport specific group training to meet certification requirements. Volunteers help lead and conduct the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Coaches Education Plan by maintaining a current understanding of rules and best practices associated with coaching a specific sport. A Sports Clinician may be asked to serve as a member of the SOSC Sports Development Team to help formulate the SOSC Coaches Education Plan. Ages 18+ may apply.

Volunteer Interest Form

Local Program leaders bring the mission of SOSC to life by coordinating teams and competitions on the local level. Starting a local program or enhancing an existing program takes time and dedication. With support from SOSC staff, new teams, programs, and competitions can spark the joy of sports throughout the chapter.

Volunteer Interest Form


Follow the steps below to begin your volunteer journey.

  1. Submit an Interest form below to contact an SOSC team member
  2. An SOSC team member will connect with you to discuss interest, availability, and need
  3. Complete application, background check, and online trainings* (we’ll send you the links)

*All candidates must complete an application, provide a copy of government issued ID (driver’s license), complete required online trainings, and complete a criminal background check. Rescreening is required every 3 years.

Begin your volunteer journey here!

Volunteer Interest Form


Contact volunteer@sosc.org

Have a skill or special project that you don’t see listed? Let’s work together and see what’s possible! Contact volunteer@sosc.org today!