WHY VOLUNTEER for Special Olympics Kansas?

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.

You can find a wide variety of volunteer opportunities on with Special Olympics Kansas right here on this page!


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). The time commitment is about four-hour shifts, one or more days each year.

Unsure about volunteering or what to expect? Check out our Day of Event Volunteer Guide!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities



September 24 – Metro Fishing Tournament (Olathe)

October 1 – Unified Basketball (Olathe)

October 1-2 – State Softball (Wichita)

October 5 – Flag Football Jamboree (Lawrence)

October 22 – West Region Bowling (Hays)

November 11 – State Volleyball (Shawnee)

If you have questions or for information about group volunteer opportunities contact Makenzie Al-Arahshun at


October 1 – Performance Stations (Wichita)

If you have interest in volunteering in a health or fitness capacity please contact Erin McDaniel 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. The time commitment is about four-hour shifts, one or more days each year.

If you’d like to discuss group volunteer options contact Makenzie Al-Arahshun at


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. The 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. The 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.