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’s an easy way you can sign up to be a volunteer with Special Olympics Illinois! Sign up as a general event volunteer and select your region and events. If you have any questions please contact Aubrey Deerwester.


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

Zinyra And Senator Dubin

The Sweet Sting of Support

Sparks of support and encouragement come in many forms, but little did Simyra Ross know that her daughter’s would come in the form of creatures with four or more legs.  ...

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Pontiac Respect Day

Pontiac Respect Day Video

Pontiac High School produced this awesome video in recognition of Spread the Word to End the Word day. These kids put words into action and walk the walk of inclusion ...

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A Will and A Way

92-year-old Champaign area resident, Lyle Cole, has unique dunk technique raising money for the Mohamet Polar Plunge….” When Speech Pathologist and SOILL Family Ambassador, Kathleen Williams, wore her Law Enforcement Torch ...

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Dennis R.

World Games Final Leg Runner, Dennis Reilly, ‘Honored & Humbled’

Dennis Reilly, Tinley Park Police Officer and member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, is packing his bags for an experience of a lifetime March 14th ...

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The Young Professionals Board (YPB) of Special Olympics Illinois hosted their sixth annual fundraising event to benefit the athletes in the Chicago/Area 3 program.  “Thanks-for-Giving”, a wine and beer tasting ...

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Special Olympics Illinois Area 3/Chicago Basketball Competitions

Athletes from across the city of Chicago competed in a variety of both Basketball Teams and Individual Basketball Skills competitions for the chance to win the Gold Medal and advance ...

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George's Gang

Our polar plunge team, "George's Gang," is plunging in honor of our dear friend and coworker, Ellen "George" Tarrant, who passed away in August 2016. At work she was referred ...

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