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.

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


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.

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


Wilmette Stars Fielding 2 Teams in Unified Relay

On May 3, nearly 500 athletes competed in athletics (track and field) at the 2015 Northeastern/Area 13 Special Olympics Illinois Spring Games. Families and volunteers packed Lake Zurich High School ...

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Lake County Sheriff's Office Enthusiastic About Unified Relay Across America

On May 14, the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony by the sun’s rays ...

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Friendship Leads to Starring Roles for Dunkin' Donuts Cop on a Rooftop PSAs

When Mary Anne Glowacz was contacted about appearing in a public service announcement for the upcoming Dunkin’ Donuts Cop on a Rooftop events, she had only one request – she’d ...

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Berwyn Police Chief, Athlete Star in Dunkin' Donuts Cop on a Rooftop PSA

On April 9, Berwyn Chief of Police Jim Ritz and Special Olympics Illinois athlete and Global Messenger Jose Moreno Jr. met at the Dunkin’ Donuts at Cermak Road and East ...

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SOILL Offers General Orientation Online

In an ongoing attempt to make training and information more accessible, Special Olympics Illinois is now offering the General Orientation Video online. The General Orientation presentation covers the history, structure, ...

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Eat at Chili’s & Support Special Olympics Illinois

Eat at any Illinois Chili’s restaurant May 15 - June 30, 2015, and 15 percent of your Dine In or To Go order (before taxes) will be donated to Special ...

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