Ways to Volunteer

Volunteering with Special Olympics New Jersey is guaranteed to get you smiling. We have plenty of ways for you to get involved. Have fun deciding what will best suit your personality and available time commitment.

Serve as a Coach:

Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics New Jersey. Coaches provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Additionally, coaches are role models and character builders. They give Special Olympics New Jersey athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve.

Additionally, Special Olympics New Jersey coaches assist athletes in developing sports skills and applying them during competitions. Helping build confidence and self-esteem through sport and conducting demonstrations throughout the community.

For more information about how you can become a coach, please contact your local Area Director or the Special Olympics New Jersey office.

Serve as a volunteer in your local community:

There are 13 Areas (county programs) in New Jersey that run events throughout the year. There are more than 50 Area competitions annually which qualify athletes to advance to sectional and state competitions. Local volunteers generally serve as scorekeepers, timers, lunch servers, and help with set-up and registration. For more information about how you can start volunteering in your area, please contact your local Area Director.

Serve as a volunteer at larger events throughout the state:

After competing at the Area level, many athletes qualify to compete in sectional and chapter events. These are larger events which bring athletes together from the entire state to compete. Special Olympics New Jersey conducts four major chapter events annually – Fall Sports Festival, Winter Games, Spring Sports Festival, and Summer Games. These events may be one, two or three days in length, and often involve an overnight stay for athletes competing.

Both sectional and chapter events volunteers are needed for various positions such as: set-up, registration, scorekeepers, recorders, announcers, awards presenters and athlete escorts.

To register at a sectional or chapter (state) event, the appropriate seasonal Volunteer Application must be filled out online. Click on the volunteer link to the right to be brought to the latest application or find the link on the page of the event for which you are interested in volunteering.

For more information on volunteering with Special Olympics New Jersey, please contact #.

Serve as a Healthcare Volunteer:

Healthy Athletes works to improve access and healthcare for Special Olympics athletes; make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate; train healthcare professionals and students about the needs and care of individuals with intellectual disabilities; collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities; and advocate for improved health policies and programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Healthy Athletes screenings in the disciplines of Physical Therapy, Health Promotion, Audiology, Vision, Dental and Sports Physical Exams are provided in a comfortable and fun atmosphere, so athletes and volunteers alike can enjoy themselves. In addition, healthcare volunteers receive free training on the specific health needs of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to go back to their practices and classrooms and better serve their patients and teach their students.

If you are a healthcare professional or student and want to share in the sense of accomplishment and joy received from working with athletes with intellectual disabilities, please contact #.