Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics. If you are seeking a volunteer opportunity that can make a difference in both your life and the lives of others, Special Olympics needs you.

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.

In simple terms, when you help others, you get a positive feeling in return. A smile from a Special Olympics athlete will put a smile on your face. 

There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics Kansas. You can find a wide variety of opportunities on this page. 

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Bocce coach needed this fall for Johnson County Parks & Rec Team. Contact Chris Burt at for more information.

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.


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.

Special Olympics 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.


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.


There are no events upcoming that need volunteers. Please fill out the volunteer interest form linked to above to be notified when the next opportunity becomes available in your area.

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). 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