More than 41,000 volunteers every year keep Special Olympics New York events and programs running on schedule and according to plan. Beyond that, they ensure that hard-training, ambitious athletes have the support they need to enjoy the experience and get the most from their participation. We have many roles for Day-of-Event volunteers.
Service volunteers get their hands dirty! Volunteers help with set-up, clean-up, food service, ceremonies, check-in and administrative work, among other tasks. Sport-specific volunteers serve as starters, timers, linesmen, results runners, spotters, and in many more roles required to make every event run smoothly. All of these volunteers must be age 13 or older—and children ages 13 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fans in the stands cheer loud and proud! These dedicated groups make sure that every athlete is buoyed by positive, thrilling support—whether their family is present or not. People of all ages are welcome to cheer and to visit the fan stations to make signs and boost the electric atmosphere even higher!
Social ambassadors capture and share the moment! From various event venues, social media enthusiasts make a point to snap photos, write captions and share the excitement of the day using the event hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
If you wish to volunteer as a Day-of-Event volunteer,