Coaches Information

Become a Coach

Coaches teach the skills, attitude, values and spirit that define a true athlete. They are role models and character-builders both on and off the field of play.

Special Olympics coaches go even further—they support athletes with intellectual disabilities to discover their own strengths and abilities. They encourage them and challenge them to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

Coaches also get a lot in return. They get to know athletes who inspire—athletes who are brave and determined, despite the odds against them. Coaches become more than teachers, mentors and role models—they are seen as leaders in the community.

Who are our coaches? Could you be a Special Olympics coach?

Our coaches come from all walks of life. They are parents, siblings, friends, teachers, sport professionals and more. Whoever you are and whatever your experience, there are learning opportunities available for you. These courses can support you to make a meaningful and positive impact in the lives of people with ID as a coach or an assistant coach.

You will join a global community of over half a million coaches. Our coaches share a common passion and commitment to provide people with ID with the opportunity to develop as athletes and as people through the power of sport.

Start the process of becoming a Special Olympics coach by contacting the Hamilton County Local Coordinator Benny Spirk at bspirk@sooh.org.


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