Be a Fan of Inspiration ...

"When I first started playing two years ago, I wasn't that good," Bowers said. "I am better at the game now because I practice all the time."

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Be a Fan of Inclusion ...

Sanders found a new meaning to life when he joined Special Olympics. He said that being a part of this is keeping him off the streets and it's something to look forward to because he made new friends.

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Be a Fan of Sport ...

Martinez, who is from Sullivan County and is coached by Melissa Ebeling, believes that the Special Olympics has helped him stay motivated as well keeping positive.

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Volunteering

"At Goldman Sachs, we believe that working as a team often produces the best results. Our volunteers work together to cheer on special needs athletes as they compete in the Special Olympics, and always come away feeling inspired. "

- Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks Volunteer


Special Olympics New York has long attracted volunteers from all walks of life. In 2009, more than 25,000 volunteers donated their time and talents to the programs and athletes of Special Olympics New York.

Who can volunteer?
Individuals, groups or families – anyone can volunteer. There is a place for volunteers of all ages, abilities and interests. No matter how much or how little time you have to give, when you volunteer, you will be making a difference in the lives of our athletes. More importantly, you'll find that you get more out of your volunteer experience than you give.

What does a volunteer do?
Volunteers can coach athletes, raise money, coordinate events, provide office support, volunteer at one-day events, serve on local program committees, help with sport development and so much more.

Where can I volunteer?
You can volunteer in your local community year-round. You can also volunteer at one of our three state-level events: Summer Games, Fall Games, Winter Games.

Because there are so many programs, services and opportunities, we're sure you'll find something to suit your interests and availability. For more information, please complete the form below.

Regional Opportunities

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To request information, please select your community from the map to the right, complete and submit the form. You may also select from this dropdown menu as well. .

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Please note this is not a registration form for any specific event, just general information inquiry section to learn more about Special Olympics and what is offered in your local community. Please visit our calendar for a listing of events where event details and sign-up/registration methods are offered.