Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Wisconsin

Special Olympics Wisconsin would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers. Our success is driven by the dedication of our thousands of event volunteers, agency managers, and coaches. If you are seeking a volunteer opportunity that can make a difference in your life and the lives of others, we need you!

“Every event I’ve attended or volunteered as has been so incredibly rewarding. Not because I’m volunteering my time to help out, but because the love and happiness these athletes display is infectious.” – Erin Whiting, SOWI volunteer from Neenah

Who Can Become a Volunteer?

Our volunteer base includes students, senior citizens, business groups, professional individuals, civic organizations, families, amateur and professional athletes, and coaches to name a few. In other words, ANYONE CAN GET INVOLVED!

There is no experience required; however, you must be at least 15 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult.


To find out more information about becoming a coach click here.

“Being a volunteer and coach is such an incredibly rewarding experience. Being able to work with the athletes, seeing the joy & sportsmanship that they exhibit during competition is wonderful. Each one gives their all to do the best they can and no matter how it turns out the smiles on their faces is a very heartwarming experience.” – David Fulweber, Special Olympics Coach

Types of Volunteers

Class A Volunteer

The following area examples of
Class A Volunteers:

• Coach
• Assistant Coach
• Chaperone
• Agency Management Team Members
• Games Management Team Member
• Agency Manager
• Unified Sports® Partner

Next Steps: Class A Volunteers can sign
up by visiting our Class A page and
complete all forms on the next page in
order to receive Class A Certification.

 Day of Event Volunteer (Class B)

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

• Competition day of event
• Official
• Scorekeeper/Timer
• Awards Presenter
• Athlete Escort
• Special Event Help
• Healthy Athletes® (medical volunteer)

Next Steps: Day of Volunteers can sign
up by visiting our Volunteer Events
and registering to become a
“Day of” Volunteer. If you are already
registered log back in here.


“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.

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