Become a Volunteer

Thousands of Alaskans volunteer every year for Special Olympics Alaska. Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you, thousands of individuals who choose to take a little time from busy schedules to make the world a better place. Volunteer positions include sport specific, non-sport, long term training alongside Special Olympics Alaska athletes, and “day of” opportunities across the state.


  • Special Olympics coaches are the foundation of what we do! Without sports minded, experienced, dedicated coaches who inspire and train Special Olympics’ athletes to achieve their athletic and life goals, our mission is incomplete.
  • Special Olympics Alaska is committed to Coaching Excellence. One of our top Coaching Excellence goals calls for ongoing coaches’ education to provide the highest and most up-to-date level of coaching knowledge. Coaches Certification opportunities occur throughout the year.
  • Special Olympics is serious about its sports. The organization has a bold plan to have many more athletes, and that means we’ll need more coaches. There will be more competitions, and that means we will need more officials. If you have an interest or background in either being a coach or official, find the Special Olympics office nearest you!

Unified Partner

  • Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more. Half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.
  • Unified Partners train and compete alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities.  Their dedication and love of sport provides opportunities for everyone involved.
  • Complete the Class A Volunteer/Unified Partner Form and contact your local community program to set up an intake meeting.


  • Special Olympics Alaska hosts sports competitions year-round on a local and state level. Volunteers with and without sport specific knowledge are needed to ensure these events are safe and provide the best athlete experience possible.
  • Other events include fundraising and various opportunities that enhance the program (family forums, victory celebrations, registration and outreach events, etc).

Management and Leadership

  • Volunteers help plan and implement the program statewide.  If you are interested in using your skills and talents to help develop and manage the program please contact your local community or Sarah Arts at 1-888-499-7625  ext 601, [email protected]

Getting Started

  • Contact your local community program to schedule an intake meeting which will include information and opportunities that are available
  • Complete the Class A Volunteer/Unified Partner Form (which requires a background check initiated and payed for by Special Olympics Alaska).
  • Read the PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS MEMO and complete the online course.  (10-20 minutes)
  • Once your Class A Volunteer Registration and Protective Behaviors completion has been submitted and cleared, you will be put in contact with other coaches and the athletes of the sport you have registered for.


For more information contact:

  • Emily Tymick
  • Director of Sports Development and Competition
  • 3200 Mountain View Dr.
  • Anchorage, AK  99501
  • [email protected]
  • 1-888-499-7625 (toll free in Alaska)
  • 1-907-222-7625 (ext 608)
  • 1-907-222-6200 (fax)