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


Dynamic Duo Dedicated to Decade of SUPER Plunge

On Feb. 20, a group of brave and warm-hearted individuals will begin the first of 24 dips into Lake Michigan over 24 hours for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. ...

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Wanting To Be Like Everyone Else - Achieving Dreams

Photo above by Annie Pittman, the Review Atlas Editor’s Note: Teri Parks of Kirkwood, parent of athlete Tamara, was a finalist in the 2014 Share Your Story contest. This is her story: Tamara just ...

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Lights, Camera, Action at Photo Shoot for SOILL Lottery Tickets

It was lights, camera, action for a group of Special Olympics Illinois athletes on Jan. 7! Four athletes were selected to model for a fun photo shoot for the Special Olympics ...

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Growing Together - Partner, Athlete Bond Over Horses

Editor's Note: Kambr Kutkowski of Chicago is the winner in the 2014 Share Your Story contest. This is her story: I recall having this feeling in my stomach, the feeling that ...

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20 Athletes Receive New Shoes from Finish Line

On #GivingTuesday (Dec. 2), 20 Special Olympics Illinois athletes were invited to the North Riverside Mall and Fashion Outlets of Chicago Finish Line locations to be fitted for a new ...

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SOILL Hero Awards Honor Exemplary Commitment

More than 110 guests enjoyed the 8th Annual Special Olympics Illinois Hero Awards banquet which celebrated the contributions of individuals, families, schools and businesses to Special Olympics Illinois. Awards recognized ...

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