volunteers_slide

Volunteer

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!

Volunteers

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

Nancy Hoekstra Named Tennis Official of the Year

Nancy Hoekstra Named Tennis Official of the Year

Nancy Hoekstra has been a USTA Official for 12 years. She is a strong advocate for USTA officials’ involvement and training at all levels of Adaptive Tennis competition-- local, state, national and world games. Nancy has been an ...

Read More

5th Annual You Raise Me Up Concert Benefits Special Olympics Illinois!

5th Annual You Raise Me Up Concert Benefits Special Olympics Illinois!

By Daniel Smrokowski Founder of Special Chronicles Athlete & Global Messenger for Special Olympics Illinois WHEATON, Ill. — On Saturday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. athletes and volunteers from the western suburbs of Chicago flocked to College ...

Read More

Athletes Play Ball during Bulls Halftime

Athletes Play Ball during Bulls Halftime

Special Olympics Illinois athletes were invited to take part in a halftime demonstration during the Chicago Bulls game on March 13.  Fans cheered on great play between the SEASPAR Spartans team, located in ...

Read More

The Importance of People First Language

The Importance of People First Language

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a guest post from Daniel Smrokowski, Founder & CEO of Special Chronicles and an Athlete & Global Messenger for Special Olympics Illinois. Original article posted by The World ...

Read More

Shop AmazonSmile

Shop AmazonSmile

Special Olympics Illinois has registered through AmazonSmile. To get started click on this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2922811 and designate Special Olympics Illinois as your charity of choice. Then when you shop Amazon.com just remember to go to ...

Read More

WWE Joins SOILL Unified Basketball Game

WWE Joins SOILL Unified Basketball Game

WWE Superstars, Divas and executives as well as Special Olympics Illinois USA Games athletes, participated in a community event basketball game on Monday, March 3, to celebrate 100 days until the 2014 Special ...

Read More