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Volunteers are an integral part of the success of Special Olympics, certified (coaching) or being part of the
support staff. Special Olympics couldn't function as well as it does without your help.

Some FAQ's, with thanks from Special Olympics Ontario's CASI

What are the benefits for volunteers?

Across the province, thousands of people volunteer with Special Olympics Ontario, taking pride in knowing they're providing athletes with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience the excitement, joy and personal fulfilment associated with participating in a sport.

You will get the following benefits by volunteering with SOO -
~You will contribute to the physical, social and emotional development of the athletes
   you work with
~Develop your coaching or administrative skills
~Become a certified coach through the National Coaching Certification Program

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What are the volunteer age requirements?

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, she/he has to have completed police reference check, and be registered with SOO as a volunteer.

Junior volunteers must be between ages 14 to 18 and they do not need to do a police reference check, must register with SOO as a volunteer, and will be supervised.

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What certification is necessary?

Volunteers do not need certification unless they want to coach athletes.

Information about coaching certification can be found under the Coaching FAQ's
of the CASI site.

For more information about volunteering,
see Become a Volunteer