Summer Games Volunteer Opportunities

We’re building a powerful team of 1,600 volunteers to celebrate athletes with intellectual disabilities, transform lives through world-class competition, and deliver an inspirational volunteer experience of inclusion. From sports competition and special event assistance to health and wellness professionals, volunteers of every skill and experience level contribute to the success of Summer Games.

For more information about parking, shuttles, check-in location and our FAQ, check out our 2019 Summer Games Volunteer Guide.

basketball, swimming, track & field

Thursday, June 20 (event setup)
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
Sunday, June 23

Are you a health care professional?

Healthy Athletes is a Special Olympics program that provides free health screenings in a welcoming environment.

Health Promotion – Healthy behaviors screenings
Healthy Hearing – Hearing screenings
Opening Eyes – Vision screenings
Fit Feet – Podiatric screenings
FUNfitness – Physical therapy
Special Smiles – Dental screening
Athlete check in/out (no experience necessary!)

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Age Restrictions

Under 12 years old
Events are free, so come out and cheer on our athletes during competitions. We always love fans in the stands!

Ages 12-14
Can register alongside a parent. Please notify [email protected] if volunteer is 12-14 years old.

Ages 15+
Can register as an individual

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups of 6+

We offer group opportunities for businesses, schools, civic groups, friends and family, etc.

Volunteer groups report improved teamwork and enhanced relationships as a result of working with Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. By joining us, your organization can showcase your social responsibility, build brand awareness, and experience an array of team-building opportunities.

Request more information about group volunteering

Volunteer Code of Conduct

Special Olympics Minnesota is committed to the highest ideals of sport and expects all volunteers to honor Special Olympics principles. All SOMN volunteers agree to observe the following code:

  • I will provide for the general welfare, health and safety of all Special Olympics athletes and volunteers.
  • I will dress and act in an appropriate manner at all times.
  • I will follow the established rules and guidelines of Special Olympics Minnesota and/or any agency involved with Special Olympics Minnesota.
  • I will not promote religious or political beliefs or preferences while volunteering.
  • I will report any emergencies to the appropriate authorities after first taking immediate action to ensure the health and safety of the participants.

The relationship between Special Olympics and volunteers is an “at will” arrangement and may be terminated at any time without cause by either the volunteer or Special Olympics Minnesota.


Jay Pedersen | Individual volunteers
[email protected] | 763.270.7186

Michele Bardwell | Volunteer groups
[email protected] | 763.270.7181