Coaches & Volunteers


Thanks for your interest in becoming a volunteer. Below is some information about becoming a volunteer and/or a coach with Gahanna Special Olympics.

Specific Volunteer Job Descriptions

The following items are required for all volunteers (per Special Olympics Ohio):


In addition, Head Coaches MAY OPT to complete a Level 1 Requirement:


Coaching Special Olympics Athletes – This three-hour OPTIONAL course is offered through American Sports Education Program for $16.95 (Gahanna Special Olympics will cover the cost). It is a great course for new coaches in preparation for their first Special Olympics coaching role. This course prepares coaches to use their sport-specific knowledge in coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities.   
Coaching Unified Sports – This 90-minute course is offered FREE through National Federation of State High School Associations.  Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes and partners as teammates for training and competition.  Coaches will learn how to build a successful team by the recruitment and assessment process and appropriate sport selection for athletes and partners. Please note, an individual will not be recognized as a Unified Sports Coach until completion of a Level 1 Sport Skills course, however, the sessions can be taken out of order.


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