Special Olympics

We offer sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities year round. Currently in Chicago, we offer 18 different sports to choose from. All of our events are free of charge to athletes and families. The mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.

What Volunteers Do

At each event, volunteers help with a variety of jobs including score keeping, registration, check in, lunches, court supervising and much more.

What To Bring

All a volunteer needs to bring is themselves. Comfortable clothing helps and gym shoes as sometimes you may be running around. Each volunteer receives a shirt and a free lunch at each event.

Additional Information

Volunteering with Special Olympics is a great way to be exposed to a wonderful new community of people. Also, a great way to obtain service hours in a meaningful way. All of our volunteers leave each event with a sense and feeling of accomplishment.

Contact Information

For more info, contact:
Brenden Cannon
Manager of Sports Training and Education
(773) 278-2174

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Upcoming Events

For more opportunities, check the monthly calendar.