If you want to be a Day-of-Event volunteer and sign up for volunteer jobs, you will first need to fill in this volunteer portal registration. Thank you.

All volunteers must be age 13 or older, and volunteers aged 13 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Children 12 years and younger are not permitted to volunteer, but certainly are welcome to cheer on our athletes if accompanied by an adult. You will be permitted to register into our volunteer portal, but will not be able to register into a specific volunteer job until you are at least 13 years of age.

Special Olympics NY Volunteer Code of Conduct

  • Follow the established rules and guidelines of Special Olympics and/or any agency involved with Special Olympics.
  • Refrain from any form of personal abuse (verbal, physical, emotional, etc.) toward coaches, athletes, unified partners, volunteers, spectators, family members, etc. Such behavior will not be tolerated by Special Olympics.
  • Not engage in any inappropriate contact or relationship with athletes, volunteers or other participants of Special Olympics.
  • I will report any emergencies to the appropriate authorizes after first taking immediate action to ensure the health and safety of the participants.
  • I will provide for the general welfare, health, and safety of any Special Olympics athlete (s) in my charge during the course of my assigned duties.
  • I will display control, respect, dignity, and professionalism to all involved including athlete, coaches, opponents, officials, administrators, parents, spectators, and media. Profanity and taunting are subject to immediate ejection.
  • I will treat everyone equally regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion or ability. I will dress and act at all times in a manner which will be appropriate to my assigned responsibilities and a credit to myself, the athletes and Special Olympics.
  • I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of the athletes, coaches, other volunteers, friends and spectators in Special Olympics.
  • I will respect the property of hotels, dormitories, schools, athletic, recreational and dining facilities.
  • I will not take part in the consumption of alcoholic beverages and/ or controlled substances during any Special Olympics training or competition. Nor will I take part in smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • I grant Special Olympics NY and other Special Olympics organizations permission to use my (and/or my minor child's) likeness, voice and words on radio, film or in any form to promote Special Olympics.

    The Code of Conduct is designed to assist each volunteer in abiding by the philosophy of Special Olympics and its mission. Any volunteer who does not follow this Code of Conduct can be prohibited from participation in the event.

COVID-19 Participant Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment Form

I understand I could get Coronavirus through sports, training, competition and/or any group activity at Special Olympics. I am choosing to participate in sports, competition and/or other Special Olympics activities at my own risk.

During the time these precautions are needed, I agree to the following to help keep me and my fellow participants safe:
  • If I have COVID-19 symptoms, I will stay at home and NOT go to any activities until 7 days after all of my symptoms are over. If I am exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms, I must self-quarantine if required by local regulations .
  • Special Olympics gave me education on Special Olympics rules for COVID-19 and who is at high-risk.
  • I know that if I have a high-risk condition, I have more risk that I could get sick or die from COVID-19. If I have a high-risk condition and am not fully vaccinated, I should not go to Special Olympics events in person, until there is little or no Coronavirus in my community.
  • I know that before or when I get to a Special Olympics activity, they may ask me some questions about symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. They may also take my temperature. I will answer truthfully and participate fully.
  • I will keep at least 6 ft/2m from all participants at all times, when asked.
  • I will wear a mask at all times while at Special Olympics activities when asked. I may not have to wear it during active exercise.
  • I will wash my hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before any activities. I will wash my hands any time I sneeze, cough, go to the bathroom or get my hands dirty.
  • I will avoid touching my face. I will cover my mouth when I cough or sneeze and immediately wash my hands after.
  • I will not share drinking bottles or towels with other people.
  • I will only share equipment when instructed to. If equipment must be shared, I will only touch the equipment if it is disinfected first.
  • If I get or have had COVID, I will not go to any in-person Special Olympics events until 7 days after my symptoms end. I will go to my doctor and get written clearance before returning to any sport or fitness activities.
  • I understand that if I do not follow all of these rules, I may not be allowed to participate in Special Olympics activities during this time.

  • Fact Sheet on Who is at Higher Risk from COVID-19

    Subject to Change Version: 6-28-2021

    Who is at higher risk of COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is a relatively new disease and information is changing on who is more likely to get COVID-19 and who is will have more complications.

    Current clinical guidance and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) lists those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as:

    • Unvaccinated people 60 years and older. Risk increases with age.
    • Unvaccinated people with disabilities (resulting from long-standing systemic health and social inequities)

    Regardless of age, individuals who are unvaccinated and have underlying conditions, such as the following, are or maybe at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

    • People with chronic lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or moderate to severe asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
    • People who have serious heart conditions (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension)
    • People who have HIV and/or are immunocompromised
    • People with obesity or who are overweight (body mass index [BMI] of 25 or higher). To calculate BMI, refer to:
    • People with cancer
    • People with diabetes (Type 1 and 2)
    • People with chronic kidney disease
    • People with liver disease
    • People with dementia
    • People with down syndrome
    • People who are pregnant
    • People who are smokers, current or former
    • People with a substance abuse disorder
    • People with sickle cell disease or thalassemia
    • People who have had a stroke or cerebrovascular disease

    The list may change as evidence is learned. Please review the latest list of conditions that put individuals at increased risk available at the CDC website (https://bit.ly/2VEJcSK)

    If you are at a high risk, you may be putting yourself at risk when you return to activities with Special Olympics. But, you may also put your family and your teammates at risk. If you have these conditions, you should not return to Special Olympics in person activities until Phase 3.

    If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should consult with a healthcare professional for written medical clearance before returning to Special Olympics in person activities as serious cardiac, respiratory, and neurological issues may develop as a result of COVID -19.

    Updated June 2021




    By signing this, I acknowledge that I have completely read and fully understand the information in this form or am a parent or guardian of the athlete/participant named above and I have read and understand this form and have explained the contents to the participant as appropriate. By signing, I agree to this form on my own behalf and on behalf of the participant.
Special Olympics New York will only require proof of vaccination if the current transmission rates are deemed moderate to severe risk. Unless otherwise noted, volunteerism is not restricted by vaccination status. .

Please select the type of documentation that can serve as a proof of vaccination from the below options:


1. Participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious and/or communicable diseases including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist; and,
2. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,
3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation as regards protection against infectious diseases. If, however, I observe and any unusual or significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and,
4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS Special Olympics, Inc, Special Olympics New York their officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event ("RELEASEES"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.