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


Plainfield Family Volunteers Together at State Basketball Tournament

When basketball official Bob Henry of Plainfield arrived at the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament in Bloomington-Normal on March 14, he brought more than his whistle and official’s ...

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Fenton High School Bison Bring Backers to Basketball

The Fenton High School Bison had plenty of fans in the stands for their games at the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament March 13-15 to help cheer them on ...

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Nick Lorenz Named 2015 Duck Ambassador

2014 was Nick Lorenz’s first time as a member of the Darling Ducklings sales team for the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, but you’d never know it by his results. In ...

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R-Word Day Asks If You #GotRespect?

The R-word is the word “retard(ed).” Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It's offensive. It's derogatory. That is why Special Olympics Illinois, our fans, schools ...

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Moline Maroons Enjoy First Trip to State Basketball Tournament

The Moline High School Maroons basketball team was thrilled to make it to the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament in their first year of playing. “This is very exciting,” ...

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Finally Seeing Double

Editor’s Note — Chris Kirsch of Shorewood, mother of athlete Rikki, was a finalist in the 2014 Share Your Story contest. This is her story: For years Rikki followed her twin sister, ...

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