Special Olympics is a sports organization which relies on volunteer coaches who dedicate their time, knowledge and spirit to help our athletes exceed expectations. Coaching with Special Olympics Vermont is an important responsibility that offers significant rewards. In order to ensure that our athletes have a safe, challenging, and authentic sports experience at every practice and competition, Special Olympics requires coaches to be certified, and seeks to support volunteer coaches to build upon their skills.
"Special Olympics has become the bright spot in my life. It is an amazing feeling to work with others and serve a larger cause. Games and practices are something I truly look forward to every week and the athletes continuously remind me about what is important.
-Gretta Pagorek, Coach
How to become a Special Olympics Vermont coach
Special Olympics Vermont offers sports training and competition opportunities to athletes in all fourteen Vermont Counties. Our programs are often seeking volunteer coaches who are committed to helping people with intellectual disabilities challenge themselves and the stereotypes they face on a daily basis. Coaches who value ability over disability will be successful with SOVT. To become an SOVT coach:
- Review the sports we currently offer and current program locations.
- If you wish to coach a sport not currently offered, or start a program in a new location, mention that when you complete the Coach Interest Form.
- Complete the Coach Interest Form.
- Review the General Orientation PDF (link below)
- Complete the Class A Volunteer Form and Protective Behaviors training (links below)
- Complete the concussion awareness training program
- You may also wish to review the Coach Classifications & Certification Policy.
Resources for current Special Olympics Vermont coaches
You can find downloads and links to forms to maintain your status as a coach on this page. If you are looking for the required forms for your team members, visit the athletes and Unified partners pages.