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


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Special Olympics Illinois is pleased to introduce Kristi Savacool, Chief Executive Officer of Aon Hewitt, as the Chair of the 2016 Inspire Greatness Gala. Aon Hewitt serves more than 20,000 clients ...

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2 Illinois Softball Teams Compete at SONA Invitational Tournament

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Revamped Format for Golf Venue at Outdoor Sports Festival

Special Olympics Illinois has formed a Golf Sports Management Team in order to enhance the golf venue at the Outdoor Sports Festival. After considering how to improve the flow of ...

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Pumpkin Pedal to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

In the quarter-century of the Pumpkin Pedal bicycle ride and road race, a lot of things have changed. One thing has remained the same – participants enjoying themselves while raising ...

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Couple to Ride Marathon Worth of Roller Coasters for SOILL

This September, roller coaster enthusiasts will unite at Six Flags Great America for Special Olympics Illinois. Dennis and Deborah Martin are among those who will compete in the 3rd Annual Coaster ...

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2016 Public Service Softball Challenge a Huge Hit

On Saturday, Aug. 6, six softball teams consisting of public service men and women – including police officers, firemen, ambulance service personnel, law enforcement dispatchers and former/present military – gathered ...

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