Get Involved!

Special Olympics Texas would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers.  

More than 40,000 volunteers dedicate their time to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams.

Our volunteers include students, senior citizens, business groups, professional individuals, civic organizations, families, amateur and professional athletes, and coaches to name a few.

There is no experience required; however, you must be at least 15 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult. Volunteers participate in an orientation prior to working with our athletes.

*NOTICE: The process for becoming a Class A Volunteer has been updated. 
There is no longer a separate Class A application.  

How do I register? You have two options: 

Option 1: Volunteer Commitment (Coaches, leaders, any key volunteer, etc.) 

Positions of responsibility that can include a longer-term commitment must receive certification.

Volunteers must complete all forms on the next page in order to receive Certification.  The following are examples of volunteers where certification is needed:

  • Event key volunteer
  • Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Chaperone
  • Referee or sports official
  • Committee Member
  • Trainer
  • Unified Sports® Partner

Next Steps


Option 2: I want to be a short-term, day-of volunteer. Easy - Just contact your Area office

Short-term volunteering, usually one-day events, is a great way to introduce yourself to Special Olympics Texas.

Day-of-Event Volunteers re-register with the area office for a particular event, and then fill out paperwork upon arrival at the venue to volunteer.

Please check with your area office about their specific registration process. Please be prepared to show a photo ID when registering.

The following is a list of possible day of event volunteer opportunities:

  • Competition day of event – most popular role for new volunteers
  • Administrative
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach

Learn More

Volunteer Opportunities Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities Calendar

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.