Thanks for volunteering with Special Olympics! Our Volunteer Resources page links to many of our commonly used applications, forms, and trainings.
If you are new to volunteering with us, first get connected by signing up for our Volunteer Updates or by finding a Special Olympics program near you. These resources listed below are for volunteers who are already connected with an Area program or event.
Mandatory Reporter Information
Individuals 18 years and older who are associated with, employed or volunteer with a private sports organization or team are required to report suspected abuse and neglect as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after having a suspicion of a reportable offense. Inform SOVA staff as well by emailing email@example.com.
If you suspect a reportable offense, call one of the hotlines within 24 hours. Call 911 if an athlete is in immediate danger.
Child Protective Services 800-552-7096 Adult Protective Services 888-832-3858
Taking our online Volunteer General Orientation is the first step toward becoming a better informed volunteer and one of several requirements necessary to become a Special Olympics Certified Coach.
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Being a volunteer with Special Olympics means that you are representing our organization and our athletes. Our Code of Conduct outlines how we expect our volunteers to uphold our values and mission.
Volunteer Privacy Statement
Our Volunteer Privacy Statement explains how we gather and use information provided by volunteers.
Learn how to speak respectfully about people with intellectual disabilities and spread the word about our programs using the proper terminology. The words we choose make a difference!
Applications and required training for Area leadership, coaches, Unified Partners, chaperones, drivers, and Athlete Leadership Program/Global Messenger mentors
Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz
The Protective Behaviors online training course and quiz gives guidance on how to treat our athletes respectfully and how to identify potential signs of abuse. Class A volunteer ages 18+ are required to complete this training and quiz every three years.
Online Training & Quiz | PDF
Concussion Awareness Training for Coaches
All volunteers who act in a coaching capacity at any point are required to complete a Concussion Awareness Training once every three years. The course can be completed through the NFHS here.
Class A Adult (18+) Volunteer Application
Volunteers ages 18+ who are serving in a position of authority with our athletes and program are required to submit a Class A adult application. A current Class A volunteer must verify the new volunteer's identity before the application is considered complete. The application includes a release authorizing us to submit a background check using information provided by the volunteer to ensure his or her eligibility. The applicant must provide his or her social security number so that the background check can be run. The volunteer must be cleared by our Director of Volunteer Services prior to engaging in Class A volunteer service. Every three years, we resubmit a background check if the volunteer is still involved.
Class A Minor (Under 18) Volunteer Application
Volunteers under age 18 who are serving in a position of authority with our athletes and program are required to submit a Class A minor volunteer application. A current Class A volunteer must verify the new volunteer's identity before the application is considered complete. The application includes a request for two non-family adult references, which must be updated every three years as long as the volunteer is involved and under 18. The volunteer must be cleared by our Director of Volunteer Services prior to engaging in Class A volunteer service. Once a minor volunteer turns 18 he or she must submit an adult Class A form and undergo a background check.
Release forms for single day/Event Volunteers and drivers on behalf of Special Olympics not transporting athletes (Class B volunteers)
Event Volunteer Release Form
Before engaging in any service as an Event Volunteer, each volunteer must complete an Event Volunteer Release Form prior to or upon arrival at a Special Olympics Virginia event.
Event Volunteer Release Form Spreadsheet
Before engaging in any service as an Event Volunteer, each volunteer must complete an Event Volunteer Release Form prior to or upon arrival at a Special Olympics Virginia event. A spreadsheet is provided here to speed up the volunteer check-in process and to conserve resources.