Coaches have the greatest opportunity to create positive change in Special Olympics athletes because they are the ones who work with the athletes on a consistent basis. Good coaches know that learning to play a sport is more than just mastering athletic skills – it takes teamwork, commitment, sacrifice, and dedication. These are qualities that Special Olympics coaches work to instill in their athletes, with the understanding that these lessons can have a positive impact on the athletes’ lives outside of sports.
Special Olympics coaches find rewards that go far beyond the finish line. They become role models and character builders. They help our athletes discover their physical skills, their self-worth, their human courage, and their capacity to grow. Being a Special Olympics coach is one of the most important and rewarding volunteer roles.