Volunteers

Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution!

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community. Here in Minnesota, we serve more than 8,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities every year through sports training and competition, free health screenings, leadership training and more.

None of this would be possible without our volunteers.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

Regional Metro Bocce

Saturday, August 13, 2022
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury

Healthy Athletes – FUNfitness (PTs, PTAs, OTs & students)

Saturday, August 13, 2022
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury

Healthy Athletes – General support volunteers

Saturday, August 13, 2022
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury

Healthy Athletes (MDs, DOs, ARNPs, PAs & students)

Saturday, August 13, 2022
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury

Blue Ocean golf tournament

Monday, August 15, 2022
Stone Ridge Golf Club, Stillwater

State Equestrian (set up volunteers needed!)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Northwest Saddle Club, North Branch

Regional Softball

Sunday, August 28, 2022
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury

Plane Pull

Saturday, September 10, 2022
MSP Airport, Bloomington

Move for Inclusion

Saturday, September 17, 2022
Rosland Park, Edina

Young Athletes

Mondays, September 19-November 14, 2022
St. Louis Park

Regional North Flag Football

Friday, September 23, 2022
Portage Park, Cohasset

Regional North Flag Football

Friday, September 23, 2022
Portage Park, Cohasset

Regional Flag football

October 8-9, 2022
M Health Fairview Sports Center, Woodbury

Hot Cider Hustle – Bloomington

Saturday, October 15, 2022
Normandale Lake Bandshell, Bloomington

Hot Cider Hustle – Rochester

Saturday, October 22, 2022
Mayo High School, Rochester

Young Athletes volunteer opportunities

We’re looking for volunteers to help at Young Athlete sessions across Minnesota. Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Volunteers help lead children through a series of activities and sport-related skills drills approximately once a week for 6-8 weeks. Training and equipment provided.

St. Louis Park area: We need a few volunteers to run Young Athletes at Gigi’s Playhouse this summer.

Marshall area: We need a few volunteers to work in conjunction with Marshall Community Ed to run Young Athletes this summer.

Richfield and Maple Grove area: We need a few volunteers who are interested in starting and running new sites this fall.

If you are interested, please contact Lindsey Swanson at [email protected] for more information!

What’s it like to volunteer with SOMN?

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“I don’t know that I made much of an impact. The athletes impacted me. I was so impressed with their conduct, their respect for each other, for the flag during the national anthem and for me. One of them thanked me and shook my hand. They cheered each other on and were all such good sports. It was a very enjoyable time.”

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

Group volunteer opportunities

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.

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.

[email protected]
612.333.0999