Welcome to Special Olympics Illinois!

You are about to become part of an exciting training and competition program and will serve an integral role in transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics participation encompasses over 19 official sports, fundraising events, event committees, coaching opportunities, Young Athletes sports play programs and community initiatives – truly a spectrum of choices! So let’s get started!

Read more about our Volunteer Opportunities.


Volunteers are the core of the Special Olympics program and we could not exist today without the time, energy, education and commitment of our volunteers. Special Olympics Illinois relies on people of all ages to help in every aspect of the program – both at the local and state level.

It’s pretty great when we can have fun and bring something as great as this to so many people who deserve it.  This was my second year and I’ll be back.
-Jerry Arntzen

Anyone 10 years or older can be a general Special Olympics volunteer and coaches must be at least 14 years of age or older. For more information about coaching, see the Coaches section of the website.

How to Get Involved as a Volunteer

There are two easy ways you can sign up to be a volunteer with Special Olympics Illinois!

  1. Sign up as a general volunteer (you will only be contacted when we have volunteer positions open matching your interests or location). If you have any questions please contact Aubrey Deerwester.
  2. Look through our calendar of events and sign up now for an event in your area

Volunteer Information

Once you sign up as a volunteer you will be a representative of Special Olympics Illinois and as such we ask that you read and follow our Volunteer Code of Conduct.

If you have additional questions on Special Olympics Illinois and volunteering please email Aubrey Deerwester, you can also contact her by phone at 309-888-2551 or 1-800-394-0562.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Transforming Lives

What It Looks Like to Win a Harley!

What It Looks Like to Win a Harley!

Want to know what it looks like to win a brand new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle? Check out the video below to see the reaction from the winner of this year's Harley-Davidson raffle. Next year ...

Read More

Mother Travels Hundreds of Miles to Watch Jacksonville Athlete Compete at Fall Games

Mother Travels Hundreds of Miles to Watch Jacksonville Athlete Compete at Fall Games

David Long of Jacksonville may have had the supporters who traveled the farthest distance to watch him compete in the Fall Games in Rockford when his mother and her friend drove in from ...

Read More

Training Session Prepares Athletes, Coaches Interested in Flag Football

Training Session Prepares Athletes, Coaches Interested in Flag Football

With the national, collegiate and high school football seasons well underway, Special Olympics Illinois is embarking on a journey of its own – flag football. On Saturday, Nov. 1, Special Olympics flag football teams ...

Read More

Gordon Adams with the McKendree University bass fishing team

McKendree University Sports Welcome Special Olympics Athletes as Honorary Team Members

The McKendree University bass fishing team was joined by an honorary team member at its Sept. 27 Fall Invitational held on Carlyle Lake. Special Olympics athlete Gordon Adams joined the team as an honorary ...

Read More

Young Athletes Spotlight – Sadie Fiedler

Young Athletes Spotlight - Sadie Fiedler

Sadie Fiedler is a well-rounded 7-year-old from Rochester who is a social butterfly and loves to be surrounded by friends. Although she's only in first grade, Sadie has already had a lot of ...

Read More

Jacobs High School’s Special Olympics Program Blossoms

Jacobs High School's Special Olympics Program Blossoms

It was seven years ago that Jim Blaseck, a physical education instructor at Jacobs High School of Algonquin, began the school’s Special Olympics program. Previously, sporting opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities had ...

Read More