Without volunteers, Special Olympics Nevada would not exist.  We depend on the time, energy and dedication of thousands of energetic volunteers to fulfill our mission.

Today we boast the extraordinary support and time of 4,766 volunteers and volunteer coaches. 

If you are able to commit some time as an assistant coach or play alongside an athlete as a Unified Partner®, we can use your help!  Special Olympics volunteers include students, retirees, professionals and families.  You don't need coaching experience or specific training working with persons with intellectual disabilities.  We have great staff, mentor coaches and coaches training to get you going.  If you are at least 14 years old and have a love of sports, time to commit and a willingness to make a difference, you can help us change lives. 

coach and unified partner information    

To complete a volunteer application to become a Coach or Unified Partner® please follow the steps below. 

If you are unsure about becoming a Coach or Unified Partner® there are other ways to get involved on an ongoing basis.  Explore the many roles you can choose from. 

other volunteer opportunities     

To learn more about volunteering, please email info@sonv.org

Become a Volunteer

** IMPORTANT :  Our volunteer application process will be suspended beginning January 24, 2022. Do NOT begin the process if you cannot complete ALL portions of the application prior to Jan. 24, 2022. Volunteer applicants who have not begun the process are encouraged to wait and apply February 1, 2022 – when our new application process will be online and accessible.**


Please complete each step to be cleared as a volunteer coach with Special Olympics Nevada.

Volunteer Application

All new and renewing volunteers must complete our online application and submit a photo ID.

Background Check

All new and renewing volunteers (Age 18+) must complete a background check.  The estimated cost is $10 and is valid for three years.  ‘Good Deed Code’ is whldt59.

Volunteer Orientation

All new and renewing volunteers must complete the orientation which includes concussion training and protective behaviors training.

A Coach's Testimonial

"Coaching for Special Olympics Nevada is the single most rewarding and uplifting part of my free time. Our athletes inspire me and encourage me to be the very best version of myself. Special Olympics celebrates the unique and exceptional capabilities of every athlete, regardless of their disability. At Special Olympics Nevada, every athlete has a place and every athlete has the heart of a champion. “

- Stephanie I.

Volunteer Coach