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Volunteer Code of Conduct

As a volunteer, you are expected to…

Fulfill the responsibility of your assignment:

  • Carry out all aspects of your assignment.
  • Attend all required meetings.
  • Notify the volunteer coordinator if you cannot complete an assignment.

Set an example for the athletes:

  • Refrain from smoking, consuming alcohol, or using profanity when acting as a volunteer.
  • Be discreet in your personal relationships with the athlete and avoid any behavior which may be misunderstood or misinterpreted.
  • Be helpful to and supportive of everyone associated with Special Olympics.

Demonstrate good sportsmanship:

  • Support the decisions of referees, judges, and committees, and use proper dissent processes.
  • Be respectful during ceremonies and help your athletes be the same.
  • Praise the athletes for their efforts and encourage them to be happy for the success of other athletes.
  • Support and encourage other volunters and staff.

Be continually vigilant and cognizant of the safety of the athlete:

  • Never leave an athlete unchaperoned.
  • Report anything you observe, either in the physical environment or an individuals' behavior, which you feel may cause potential harm.

Be loyal to your commitment and to Special Olympics:

  • Look for constructive ways to overcome obstacles.

Take advantage of the opportunities Special Olympics offers you:

  • Be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.
  • Become an active participant by extending your involvement to other roles of leadership and training.
  • Delight in the change that your involvement makes in the life of someone you know and in the lives of those you never meet.