Please read before completing your volunteer application:

Founded and built by volunteers, Special Olympics NY is an example of the impact that volunteers can make in their community by putting their time and expertise to use to socially benefit others. We have 3 categories of volunteers for our State Games:

Service Volunteers get their hands dirty! Non-sport volunteers help with set-up, clean-up, food service, ceremonies, housing support, registration and administrative work, among other tasks. Sport-specific volunteers serve as starters, timers, linesmen, results runners, spotters, and in many more roles required to make every event run smoothly. All of these volunteers must be age 13 or older-and kids ages 13 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fans in the stands cheer loud and proud! At state-level competitions, these dedicated volunteers make sure that every athlete is buoyed by positive, thrilling support-whether their family is present or not. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to cheer and to visit the fan stations to make signs and boost the electric atmosphere even higher!

Social ambassadors capture and share the moment! From various event venues, social media enthusiasts make a point to snap photos, write captions and share the excitement of the day using the event hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2020 Winter Games Volunteer Application

Note: * means required field
First name*
Family/last name*
Phone (Mobile)
Date of birth*
Address Line 2
Address Line 1*
Have you volunteered with Special Olympics NY previously?
Groups will be contacted by SONY for placement.
Are you volunteering as an individual or with a group?
Group Name/Company/Organization
If volunteering in small group (<10), please list names that are volunteering together.
Volunteer Job Preferences
  • Please recognize that by submitting your application, you are committing to volunteer for the duration of the event(s) you selected. If you are unable to commit to the entire time slot, please do not register for that event.
  • Times listed are tentative! Please be patient and flexible as this is a true sports competition and factors (weather, transportation, etc.) may impact the schedule of events.
  • Thursday, February 20
    Friday, February 21
    Saturday, February 22
    Special Skills or Qualifications
    Previous Volunteer Experience
    Additional Volunteer Interests
    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.

    I will abide by Special Olympics NY Volunteer Code of Conduct*
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