Become
a Coach

We need coaches!

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community. Here in Minnesota, we serve thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities every year through sports training and competition. Through sports, our athletes find belonging, empowerment, friendship and so much more.

Special Olympics Minnesota needs volunteer coaches and team assistants to support our teams and athletes across the state.

Coaches and team assistants play a crucial role in the Special Olympics movement. The ideal coach isn’t necessarily an all-star athlete or sport guru. In fact, the requirements to be a Special Olympics coach are simple: have a big heart and enjoy having a good time. There is a great network of people at Special Olympics Minnesota who will help you along the way.

Fill out our interest form and our office will connect you with a local team.

Which role is right for you?

All coach and team assistant roles are volunteer positions.

Head coach

Responsible for organizing and leading practices in order for athletes to be eligible for regional and state competitions. Receives support from other coaches and team assistants.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week for preparation, practices, and events.

Coach

Work with athletes at practices to develop skills necessary for athletes to compete and succeed at regional and state events. No sports experience required, though great if you have it! There are additional opportunities to become certified in specific sports.

Time commitment: Typically 2 hours per practice session, with most teams practicing once or twice per week over several weeks of a sport season (8-10 weeks).

Team assistant

Work with athletes and be of assistance to Head of Delegations and other coaches at practices and competitions. Responsibilities could range from equipment setup to playing catch to social media manager – there is a wide range of opportunity in this role depending on the team’s needs!

Time commitment: Typically 2 hours per practice session, with most teams practicing once or twice per week over several weeks of a sport season (8-10 weeks).

Team admin

If sports aren’t your forte, we still have a place for you.  There are behind-the-scenes roles with every team to make sure the team is successful. This could mean helping with registration, updating social media accounts, organizing fundraising, etc. If you would like to volunteer in this kind of role, we have teams that are in need!

Time commitment: Varies depending on the team’s needs.