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.   

*NOTICE: See our Volunteer Checklist here to ensure you have everything completed.

The process for becoming a Class A Volunteer has been updated. There is no longer a separate Class A application.  Completing the steps on this page make you eligible to be a volunteer. 

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 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 volunteers are required to complete the following steps:

STEP 1: View the Protective Behaviors slideshow and submit your responses to the quiz at the end of the slideshow (you will need to make a login). This is only required for volunteers ages 18 and over, unless the individual is a current high school student.

STEP 2: View General Orientation and complete the form at the end of this General Orientation slideshow.


STEP 3: You are almost done! Submit a request for a criminal background check (you will need to make a login).  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 check.  

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK: Your "Good Deed Code" in Step 3 is: b5jta57

*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.   

Sterling Volunteers is the official vendor for Special Olympics Texas.

Volunteer Background Checks FAQs
  • *If you are an ISD employee please contact SOTX at volunteer@sotx.org prior to completing a background check.  
  • Minors under 18 do not need to complete a background check, but upon turning 18 this will be a requirement.
  • If you are from a country outside the United States and do not have an assigned Social Security number, please fill out and send in the Reference Form for Volunteers from Countries outside of the United States in lieu of the criminal background check required below.

STEP 4 (COACHES ONLY): Concussion in Sports Training 

If you plan on becoming a certified coach for SOTX the additional step of completing a concussion training is required.

Complete the concussion training.

Unified Sports Partner

If you would like to participate as a Unified Sports Partner, completing the above Volunteer steps will make you eligible.   Or you can instead submit a Unified Partner Application Form.  

Download a PDF version for Minor Volunteers

Learn more about the Unified Sports program.

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