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Volunteers…The Heartbeat of Special Olympics

Special Olympics Wisconsin serves nearly 10,000 athletes annually. To give these individuals the opportunities they enjoy. We need your help.

Every volunteer is a potential spokesperson for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Our success is driven by the dedication of our volunteer management teams, Agency managers, coaches and thousands of event volunteers.

Want to live a longer, more satisfying life? According to a recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, studies show adults involved in their communities live longer than their peers who don't volunteer. Getting involved with Special Olympics Wisconsin might just be your ticket to a healthier, happier and longer life!


Becoming a SOWI volunteer is a great way to give back to the community -- but be realistic about how much time you can give. You can offer your services for an extended time period, such as coaching your favorite sport. If your time is limited, try a short-term project or event, such as a day long or weekend competition, a fund-raising event, or helping in your local office with clerical tasks. SOWI events take place year-round and all over Wisconsin; so don't hesitate to get involved!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click on the volunteer interest form link below. Your information will then be forwarded to the Regional office and the Region office nearest you.


What type of volunteer are you?


"Day of" Volunteers -
"Day of" volunteers present awards to athletes, escort athletes, keep score or time events, make announcements, etc. All of these activities take place the day of the sporting event. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want a small time commitment. All volunteers are given a brief orientation prior to the day of the event. All volunteer positions are easy to learn…no experience is necessary.


Class A Volunteers - Anyone who has direct contact with athletes or is in a position of authority, supervision or trust of athletes or handles substantial amounts of cash or other assets for Special Olympics needs to be a registered Class A volunteer. Click here for more information on Class A Volunteers.
Duties may include: Coaching, committee work, agency management
    Class A volunteer requirements
  1. Submit a Class A Registration Form to Special Olympics Wisconsin Headquarters (requires background check)
    Request to have a Class A form mailed to you
  2. If an original form is not available to you, you may Download an Adult Class A Volunteer Form. This form must be returned by mail to the headquarters office.
  3. If an original form is not available to you, you may Download a Minor Class A Volunteer Form. This form must be returned by mail to the headquarters office.
  4. Complete the online Protective Behaviors training and test - Must be done every three years
  5. View the General Orientation video at a training or view it online and take the General Orientation Test


Event Coordinators/Management Team Members
- Event coordinators and management team members work with Special Olympics Wisconsin staff and other volunteers to help organize and run exciting and successful sport events. Event coordinators or management team members have the chance to plan, organize and run exciting and successful sport events. With your help, the athletes’ experiences can be competitive and positive.

Office Assistants - Office assistants help with filing, copying, typing and large mailings. There are also opportunities to help with layout and design.


Professional Advisors
- Professional services are always in demand. By providing goods or services to Special Olympics, you'll raise awareness of your business, plus working with a great group of fun-loving athletes and volunteers.

Volunteers are needed as advisors to help with specific areas of expertise such as public relations, bookkeeping, fundraising, etc. By providing your expertise, you'll be raising awareness of your business, while working with a great group of fun-loving athletes and other volunteers.


Agency Managers
– Agency managers actually manage their local “team,” or Agency, of athletes by maintaining athlete records, monitoring finances for the team, recruiting coaches, taking care of local public relations in the community, and lining up transportation to local or statewide competitions. Agency managers often find volunteers to assist in the many facets of Agency management.


Coaches
- Coaches and assistant coaches have the opportunity to help athletes train in their specific sport. Coaches have direct contact with the athletes and help them grow in confidence and ability.

To become a certified coach, volunteers need to be a registered Class A Volunteer, complete the Special Olympic Wisconsin general orientation (online), attend a sports-specific Certified Training School, and complete a minimum of 10 practicum hours coaching Special Olympics athletes. Special Olympics Wisconsin trains coaches through sports training schools conducted year-round throughout the state. There are 17 sports and five sporting seasons to choose from. Certified Training Schools are taught by knowledgeable, experienced clinicians who train coaches to work with athletes of all ability levels. In order for an athlete to be properly trained for competition, a minimum training time of eight weeks prior to the competition is required. In addition, Special Olympics Wisconsin provides educational materials to ensure all athletes receive safe, quality sports training.

Who is a Class A Volunteer?

  1. Volunteers who have regular, close physical contact with athletes

  2. Volunteers in a position of authority or supervision of athletes

  3. Volunteers in a position of trust of athletes

  4. Volunteers who handle substantial amounts of cash or other assets of the Program


Who typically falls into the Class A Volunteer category?

  • Examples include coaches, unified partners, chaperones, ALP’s mentors, overnight hosts, drivers for athletes, and volunteers who have substantial administrative and/or fiscal authority.

  • Fundraising event committee members, games management team members, and board members who meet the definition of a Class A Volunteer are also subject to the screening requirements.

  • Additionally, parents and siblings of athletes are subject to the screening requirements when they are serving in a Class A volunteer capacity.  For example, if a parent or sibling is coaching or chaperoning an athlete as part of a Special Olympics activity, the parent/sibling would meet the definition of Class A volunteer and would be subject to the screening requirements.  

Please note that a parent who serves as a Special Olympics coach for his or her child will be considered a Class A volunteer and is subject to the required screening (even if the only child who is being coached is the parent’s own child). 


Class A volunteer requirements

  1. Submit a Class A Registration Form to Special Olympics Wisconsin Headquarters (requires background check)
    Request to have a Class A form mailed to you

  2. If an original form is not available to you, you may Download an Adult Class A Volunteer Form. This form must be returned by mail to the headquarters office.
  3. If an original form is not available to you, you may Download a Minor Class A Volunteer Form. This form must be returned by mail to the headquarters office.
  4. Complete the online Protective Behaviors training and test*

  5. View the General Orientation video at a training or online and take the General Orientation Test


If you have questions, please contact

Carol Ellis
cellis@specialolympicswisconsin.org
(800) 552-1324
--OR--
Barb Burg
bburg@specialolympicswisconsin.org
(800) 552-1324

Volunteer Interest Form

First Name:
Last Name:
E-mail:
Address:
City:
State:
ZIP:
Day Phone:
Evening Phone:
Age:

 

How did you hear about Special Olympics?



Have you ever been involved with Special Olympics before or have you worked with an individual with intellectual disabilities?



Please indicate your desired volunteer role



Winter Season

Snowboarding
Snowshoe Racing
Alpine Skiing
Cross Country Skiing

Summer Season

Aquatics
Athletics
Powerlifting
Soccer

Fall Season

Bowling
Volleyball
Flag Football

Indoor Season

Basketball
Gymnastics

Outdoor Season

Bocce
Golf
Softball/Tee Ball
Tennis

What Region of Wisconsin do you prefer to volunteer in?



Protective Behaviors Training Policy

Each US Program must incorporate the Protective Behaviors training into its regular ongoing training for all Class A Volunteers (Class A Volunteers as defined in the Special Olympics US Volunteer Screening Policy) and staff members. 

All Class A registered volunteers must complete this training to maintain an active status. Click here to take the training online.


ONLINE PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS TRAINING

How does the system work?

  • The Protective Behaviors training is “housed” on SOI’s website, however, each U.S. Program has a link to the training on its own website.  Once a volunteer/staff member completes the training, the US Program will receive email notification that the individual has successfully completed the training. 

PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS TIMELINE/FREQUENCY

New Class A Volunteers/Staff

  • Programs shall not permit a new Class A Volunteer applicant/staff member to participate as a Class A Volunteer, until that person has completed the online Protective Behaviors training. 
  • Class A Volunteers/staff registered on or after October 1, 2007, must complete the training at least once every three years and the US Program must maintain record of such completion.

Existing Class A Volunteers/Staff

  • Class A Volunteers/staff must complete the training at least once every three years, and the US Program must maintain record of such completion.

CONCLUSION

The implementation of the Protective Behaviors training policy will help protect Special Olympics athletes from sexual, emotional and physical abuse.  The new materials were developed to help Programs provide Protective Behaviors training in the most time-efficient manner possible.  

First Name
Last Name
Mailing Address
Street Address
City
State
Zip Code
Number of Adult Class A forms needed (over age 18)
Number of Minor Class A forms needed (under age 18)

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Special Olympics Wisconsin
2310 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1000
Madison, WI 53718

Send Us a Message
Phone: (608) 222-1324
Toll Free: (800) 552-1324
www.SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org

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