Ways to Volunteer

by | Jul 6, 2016 |

As a Volunteer-driven organization, we rely on dedicated volunteers of all ages to assist in many aspects of the program. Each year, 20,000 dedicated volunteers in Kansas share their time and enthusiasm to provide quality sports programs for all individuals with intellectual disabilities. From coaches to trainers, officials, scorekeepers, timers and fundraisers, Special Olympics Kansas works with your help and support.

There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics Kansas. Below are just some of the ways.


Our teams need coaches and assistants! Coaches and Assistant Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics Kansas. They provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete and serve as role models and character builders.

Time commitment is usually 8-12 weeks per sport. Certified Coaches and Assistants are needed to attend weekly practices usually 1 hour per week in addition to 2 competitions which are roughly 6 hours each. Note: Some state competitions are more than 1 day requiring travel and overnight stay.

See more about becoming a Special Olympics Kansas Coach

Find a local program near you

Don’t See A Team Near You? Contact Chris Burt at about becoming a Local Program Coordinator (LPC). LPCs oversee all aspects of a local program (team) including athlete training, volunteers, fundraising, etc.



Perform short-term tasks associated with conducting competitions (i.e. help with meals, awards, staging, registration, officiating, time keeping, escort, set-up/clean-up, etc). We accept volunteers age 12 and older (12-15 must have adult supervision; 16+ may volunteer independently).

Time commitment: About four-hour shifts, one or more days each year.

Click here to register for upcoming competitions

Want A Larger Event Role? Consider joining a Games Management Team at a state competition. Serve on the event committee to plan, develop and implement all aspects of the games competition (sponsorship, venue and food, volunteer recruitment, awards, etc).

Time commitment: Several months to one year with committee meetings as needed. For more information contact Tim Rehder at



Gather your friends, coworkers or classmates and volunteer as a group at a regional or state competition or fundraising event. With group volunteering you can make a greater impact in a short period of time while bonding with each other.

Time commitment: About four-hour shifts, one or more days each year.

If you’d like to discuss group volunteer options contact Chris Burt at (785) 760-3519 or



Plan and/or implement activities to raise financial and in-kind support. With 42 events per year there are many opportunities to help; from passing out water at a 5K run to registration at a Polar Plunge to coordinating a Truck Convoy.

Time commitment: Ranges from three to four hours for a single event to one year as an event management team member.

Contact Luke Schulte at for more information.



Trained health professionals (dentists, physicians, nutrionists, Medicaid providers, etc) and students are needed to provide health screenings and education at Special Olympics Kansas events.

Time commitment: Four to eight hour shifts, one or more days each year.

Click here to learn more about the Healthy Athlete program

For more information, contact Chris Burt at