Volunteers help athletes achieve their personal best in sport, and in life. Volunteers share in each athlete’s achievements and help them win at life.
Special Olympics volunteers often find that the personal satisfaction is at least equal to the benefits they offer the athletes. Volunteers have a unique opportunity to work with athletes in competitive situations to assist in their training for life.
Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics around the world. Coaches provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. In addition, coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches strive to give Special Olympics athletes an awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.
Coaches provide sport training to the athletes in their specific sport program. Athletes’ fitness development, skill development, and competition are coaches’ primary focus areas.
Special Olympics NWT is committed to providing the resources and training for a high calibre volunteer base. Training opportunities are available throughout the year. This includes working with persons with an intellectual disability, as well as the theory and practice of the sport they coach, plus first aid.
Coaches can be certified in any Special Olympics sport at age 16. All Head Coaches must be at least 18 years old.
Volunteers who are younger than 18 can provide coaching assistance and event support under the supervision of a parent, guardian or certified head coach or assistant coach.
Absolutely. Special Olympics relies on the families of the athletes for a variety of volunteer positions. The age restrictions noted above apply to all family coaches.
Volunteers are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting to be a part of the NWT Board of Directors. The Board meets approximately eight times a year to manage the financial and administrative affairs of the society.
In addition, Committee Volunteers work with Board members in areas such as marketing and fundraising, programs, coach certification, and communications.
Special Event Volunteers are also a vital part of Special Olympics NWT. These volunteers are required for competitions, fundraising, and other such events throughout the year.