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

Festival of Trees

November 16, 2022-January 5, 2023
Mall of America, Bloomington

Mall of America’s Festival of Trees is a special holiday experience benefitting Special Olympics Minnesota. Everyone is welcome to walk through a winter wonderland of trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. Volunteers help manage raffle tickets and greet visitors.

Bowling competition

December 6-7, 2022
Bowlero, Brooklyn Park

Poly hockey assistant coaches

December 3, 2022-February 25, 2023
Blaine

Saturday mornings for 1.5 hours

Previous coaching and/or poly hockey experience desirable but not required.

Contact the Anoka County Cougars for more information!

Poly hockey competition

January 28-29, 2023
Minneapolis

Alpine skiing, snowboarding & snowshoeing competition

Saturday, February 25, 2023
Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls

We need coaches!

Volunteer as a coach for a team near you! We need more coach support across the state and in all sports.

Young Athletes

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. Training and equipment provided.

Contact us at [email protected] to learn more!

2023 Polar Plunge

Mound
January 27
January 28

White Bear Lake
January 27
January 28

St. Peter
February 3

Maple Grove
February 3-4

Otter Tail
February 3-4

St. Peter
February 4

Rochester
February 10-11

Waconia
February 10-11

Woodbury
February 11

Duluth
February 17
February 18

Stearns County
February 17-18

Anoka County
February 24
February 25

South Metro
February 24-25

Minneapolis
March 3
March 4

Buffalo
March 10-11

Eden Prairie
March 10-11

Grand Rapids
March 17-18

Calling all basketball coaches!

Complete the Level 1 training and COVID-19 training & waiver to join us this coming basketball season!

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