Become A Volunteer

Become A Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics Louisiana would not exist today without the expertise, time, and enthusiasm of its volunteers. They are on the field guiding the athletes through drills. They are behind the scenes ensuring events run smoothly. Best of all, they are giving and getting more high-fives and hugs than they can count.

Coaching Volunteer

Volunteer regularly inside a sports environment. Coach or support athletes or help competitions come to life! If you have the enthusiasm, compassion, and skill to serve our athletes, these roles might be right for you! Volunteer opportunities are throughout our chapter or on the championship level.

Unified Partner

Unified Partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) train and compete as a teammate alongside Special Olympics athletes on a Unified Sports Team (either on a school-based or community-based team). There is no better way to combine a love of sports with the rewards of volunteer service than becoming a Unified Partner!

Medical Volunteer

Volunteer your professional time to assist with our Healthy Athletes program or be part of our medical team for state games and competitions. You will be vital to the health and safety of our athletes and partners, providing on-site medical attention to athletes and partners.

General Volunteer

Our day-of-event volunteers ensure that our competitions and fundraisers operate efficiently. Multiple opportunities exist to get involved as an individual or as a group. And, it's a ton of fun!

Bring the Class B form with you on the day of the event!

FAQ & Resources

  • Area Management Team members provide the leadership and planning for the Special Olympics Louisiana’s organization at the grassroots level. The local team is the foundation of our worldwide movement and the starting point for each athlete’s participation.   This team engages with the public to provide sports training, competition opportunities, and related activities.  This grassroots level is where communities of inclusion are built. Click here to inquire further about Area Management Team involvement!
  • Event Service Volunteers work with set-up and takedown of ceremonies, among other activities
  • Sport-Specific Service Volunteers support running competitions and the experience of athletes
  • Fans in the Stands cheer for traveling athletes
  • Social Ambassadors capture and share the moment
  • Medical Volunteers provide on-site aid to athletes and partners at our games and competitions. Click here for more opportunities for medical volunteers!
  • Volunteers of all ages are welcome; however:
    • General volunteers must be at least 15 years of age unless accompanied by an adult.
    • Sports volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
    • Head coaches must be at least 18 years of age.

There are two classifications for volunteers:

  • Class A: Individuals with 1-on-1 unsupervised contact with athletes, such as coaches, chaperones, speech coaches, and mentors; individuals who have fundraising responsibilities; individuals authorized to speak on behalf of the organization; Area Directors; Board members; committee members; LETR Executive Council members; or individuals that will need credentials to access company equipment, information, and servers.  A criminal background check, Protective Behaviors Training, and Concussion Training are part of the registration process for all Class A volunteers. Click here to complete the Class A registration process.
  • Class B: Individuals who are day-of-event volunteers with no athlete supervisory responsibilities.  Class B Volunteers typically pre-register for a particular event, and then fill out the Class B form upon arrival at the venue to volunteer.  Please be prepared to show a photo ID when registering

Volunteers of all ages are welcome; however, general volunteers must be at least 15 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult. Sports volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and head coaches must be at least 18 years of age.

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& Events Near You

We offer year-round events and community programs across Louisiana. Search our interactive map or calendar to find one near you and register to participate, coach, or volunteer!

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