Area 8

Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood & Rock counties

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CANCELED: Area 6/8 Basketball

April 4

Area 6/8 Basketball Facts at a Glance Deadlines Registration opens: March 4, 2020Registration closes: March 21, 2020 Tentative schedule 8:30 a.m - Delegation check-in8:50 a.m. - Coaches meeting (location TBD)9 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies9:30 a.m. - Individual Skills/Full Court/Unified Full Court competitions beginHalf Court competition begins after Individual Skills11 a.m.-1 p.m. - LunchAwards for Individual Skills will be presented once all Skills divisions finish.Awards for team play will be presented at the conclusion of the competition. Events Individual SkillsUnified Individual…

CANCELED: Area 8 Track & Field

May 16

Registration opens April 16, 2020, and closes May 2, 2020. Tentative schedule 9 a.m. - Delegation registration9:15 a.m. - Coaches meeting (location TBD)9:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies10 a.m. - Competition begins10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Field events11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Lunch will be servedOngoing - Awards will be presented(Event schedule will be decided after registration ends and based on the number of athletes participating and which events they have chosen to do.) Sport-specific guidelines Athletes may enter three individual events and…

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Volunteer opportunities

Looking to get involved in your community? A great way to do so would be to fill a local Special Olympics Minnesota volunteer position. Special Olympics Minnesota provides sports training and competition opportunities to individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities. Working with these athletes will truly change your life! We are looking for a three-year commitment. There is no experience necessary, training is provided. All volunteers will be asked to understand and promote the mission, goals and philosophies of Special Olympics Minnesota. There are currently nine positions open in this area, some of which include:

Sports Coordinator
Provides leadership, support and management for on-going development and implementation of quality sports training, education and competition program within the local ASMT. Also oversees the Competition Chair, Education Chair, Coach & Athlete Advocates, Medical Chair, and the Volunteer Chair.

Competition Chair
Plans, organizes, conducts and evaluates sport-specific area competitions in accordance with Special Olympics Minnesota competition management guidelines and sports rules. Also oversees sport-specific competition committees.

Local Delegation Volunteers
Coaches and local delegation management volunteers are always needed to help run our program. Training is available.

Volunteer Chair
Acts as a key contact for recruiting volunteers for Area local competitions and places volunteers with local teams. Work’s closely with the Area Management Team in training new volunteers.

Coach & Athlete Advocate
Represent coaches and athletes on Area Management Team. Conduct and report results of athlete and coach opinion surveys as needed. Understand and promote Special Olympics Minnesota Coaches Certification Program. Participate and provide expertise and leadership at training schools. Identify, mentor and advocate on behalf of Global Messengers Program. Identify athletes to participate in Athlete Leadership Programs.

Education Chair
This person is the key contact for the Area’s coaches certification program with collaboration with the Area Management Team. This person will help organize facilities within the Area to hold coaches training’s given by Special Olympics Minnesota.


Leah Wolkow
Program Manager – Areas 4, 5, 6 & 8
[email protected]

Cathy Morris | Volunteer, Area Administrative Coordinator