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.
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.
Before you begin the process, please note that you must complete the
The health and safety of Special Olympics Athletes is everyone’s responsibility. We require all coaches complete the Concussion in Sports Training. We recommend that Unified Partners, Chaperones and other Class A volunteers get their concussion training.
As long as you have successfully completed the General Orientation and Protective Behaviors (steps 1 and 2 above), you will receive an email with a link to complete the background check with final instructions. 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. *Active duty and civilian employees of the military are NOT required to complete a criminal background check for SOTX.
Once you finish your background check email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that your background check is complete.
Sterling Volunteers is the official volunteer vendor for Special Olympics Texas.
If you are over 18, to participate as a Unified PartnerⓇ, please complete all the steps to be a Class A Volunteer above, including General Orientation, Protective Behaviors, and the Criminal Background check.
However, Class A Volunteers and Unified Partners under the age of 18 will need to download and submit the Minor Volunteer Form and then complete the communicable disease waiver.
Renewal: If you are renewing your volunteer background check, please click on the link below based on your primary role with the organization (Volunteer pays all fees).