Become A Coach

DSC03413Casual athlete? High-school all star? Former collegiate coach? Sports lover?

Whatever your experience or interest in sport, we have a place for you as a coach. Some of our coaches have years of coaching experience, others have absolutely none. Some have experience with people with intellectual disabilities, others have none.

Regardless of experience, coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics. Coaches provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. In addition, coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve.

Philadelphia program coaches assist athletes in developing sports skills and applying them during competitions. Coaches build confidence and self-esteem through sport and conduct demonstrations throughout the community. For more information about how you can become a coach, please contact Michelle Cordell.

WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?

  • Time commitment: about 1-2 hours per week (nights only) or weekend for practices.
  • Attend at least 3 out of 5 (varies per sport) tournaments per season if possible (at no cost to you). 
  • In total, you should expect to coach about 25-30 hours per season.
  • As a coach, you will be classified as a Class A Volunteer.

SPORTS YOU CAN COACH

What season is it in? What are the rules? Who is the current head coach? Click on the sport you are interested in below:

Athletics | Aquatics | Basketball | Bocce | Bowling | Floor Hockey | Gymnastics | Soccer | Softball | Tennis | Volleyball