What is my role as a family member or supporter?

Special Olympics Family Member
Welcome to the Special Olympics community!

Family members and guardians are the Number 1 fans of our Special Olympics athletes. Families and those who are part of an athlete's support team give the type of love, support and encouragement that no one else can. Special Olympics brings families together in a caring, positive way -- and that makes the cheers for our athletes even louder.

Many family members become spokespeople or volunteers, coaches, fund-raisers and officials – giving them an important voice in Special Olympics.

Families are also an essential link to the community and wider support for our movement. By joining the Family Support Network, becoming a volunteer, and leading the expansion of Young Athletes, Special Olympics family members can really make a difference.

Families build communities by volunteering at athletic trainings, sharing links and information, talking online via a global network and serving in leadership roles. For every family member who gets involved, Special Olympics has a reason to celebrate.

The Special Olympics movement would not be complete without our athlete families and communities - thank you!

If you are a family member or supporter of someone who would like to become a Special Olympics athlete, please visit our Athlete and Family Resources section for more information.

If you would like to speak with a staff member or volunteer to learn about programs offered in your area, please contact your Provincial or Territorial Chapter office.