Coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.

Hey, current coaches, Heads of Delegation, Finance Chairs and team administrators! Check out our brand-new Coach Portal for all your most-used resources.

Are you new to Special Olympics Minnesota?

If you’re interested in being a coach, a team assistant or a Unified Partner and have not been in contact with a delegation or team, please complete our interest form.

You can also check out the volunteer roles available on our Volunteers page!


All coaches who work with athletes need to be Level 1 certified. Level 1 certified coaches can coach any sport.

Step 1: Complete the online Level 1 training & volunteer application

This training is designed for new coaches as well as current coaches who need to renew their Protective Behaviors certification. Includes General Orientation, Protective Behaviors and Concussion content.

You’ll receive an email from [email protected] (General Information Services (GIS)) to complete your background check.

In light of the ongoing global crisis regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will still be processing your volunteer application and level 1 training but will be unable to process your background check until further notice.  Once we can process background checks, you’ll receive an email from [email protected] with a link to perform your background check.  Special Olympics Minnesota will incur the cost of your background check.  Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Step 2: Renew background check

Existing volunteers that have questions regarding their background check can contact their delegation or email [email protected]