Next Steps for Volunteering
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.
Although the need for volunteers will vary by delegation and season, Volunteer Opportunities can be found throughout the year in every area of Texas.
Opportunities to participate as a Class A volunteer include: coaching, fundraising, being a Unified Partner, officiating, and more. Special Olympics Texas depends on these volunteers to assist in providing life-changing experiences to the thousands of athletes participating in the program.
SOTX cares deeply about our athletes, families and volunteers and realizes the need to take precautions to ensure their safety. To provide the best experience possible, potential Class A volunteers are required to complete the following steps:
View the General Orientation slideshow and submit your responses to the needed information.
View the Protective Behaviors slideshow and submit your responses to the quiz
(this is only required for volunteers ages 18 and over, unless the individual is a current high school student).
Submit a request for a criminal background check: see exceptions below.
Verified Volunteers is the official vendor for Special Olympics Texas. In order to devote more of our resources to providing a quality program for the athletes, we ask that our volunteers cover the cost involved in their background screening.Volunteer Background Checks FAQs
Has your driver license ever been suspended or revoked in any state or other jurisdiction?
*Active duty and civilian employees of the military, and those employed by public safety sectors (police, fire fighters, EMS, etc.), are NOT required to complete a criminal background check for SOTX. Proof of employment must be submitted to SOTX to bypass this requirement.
If you plan on becoming a certified coach for SOTX the additional step of completing a concussion training is required.