Get Involved!

Special Olympics Texas would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers.

More than 40,000 volunteers dedicate their time to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams.

Our volunteers include students, senior citizens, business groups, professional individuals, civic organizations, families, amateur and professional athletes, and coaches to name a few.

There is no experience required; however, you must be at least 15 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult. Volunteers participate in an orientation prior to working with our athletes.

How do I register?

Day of Event Volunteer (Class B)

Short-term... usually one day events, for a few hours.

Class B Volunteers typically pre-register with the area office for a particular event, and then fill out the Class B paperwork upon arrival at the venue to volunteer. Please check with your area office about their specific registration process. Please be prepared to show a photo ID when registering.

The following is a list of possible day of event volunteer opportunities:

  • Competition day of event – most popular role for new volunteers
  • Administrative
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach

Learn More

Class A Volunteer

Positions of responsibility that can include a longer-term commitment.

Class A Volunteers must complete all forms on the next page in order to receive Class A Certification.

The following are examples of Class A Volunteers:

  • Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Chaperone
  • Committee Member
  • Official
  • Trainer
  • Unified Sports® Partner

Next Steps

Volunteer Opportunities Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities Calendar

Forms & Online Trainings

SOTX Class A Volunteer Application
(for everyone - renewed every 3 years)

SOTX Class A Minor Reference form
(for anyone younger than 18 years old)

SOTX Class A Minor Reference form SPANISH
(for anyone younger than 18 years old)

SOTX General Orientation training
(for everyone - once in a lifetime)

SOI Protective Behaviors training
(for everyone - renewed every 3 years)

SOTX Unified Partner Application
(for Unified Partners - renewed only if personal info changes)


Volunteer Oath:

I promise to give of the time in my life so that Special Olympics athletes can have the time of their lives. 

I promise to support Special Olympics, not just as an expression of charity, but as a form of respect for my fellow human beings.

I promise to spread the word of volunteerism because, in giving, I receive so much more in return.