A Positive Sports Experience Starts with the Coach
Coaches are the key to a successful sports experience for the Special Olympics athlete. As a coach, you teach sports skills and model good sportsmanship and character. You give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their self-worth, ability, courage, and capacity to grow and improve both on the playing field and off.
The lessons our athletes learn through sports – teamwork, self-discipline, goal setting, appropriate socialization skills – carry over into their everyday lives, making them more productive and respected members of society.
Work with a group of athletes for several hours a week for a two- to three-month sport season. Requires background check and Protective Behaviors training.
Why Become a Special Olympics Florida Coach?
Whether you love sports or have no sports experience at all, you can become a Special Olympics Florida coach! Hundreds of Floridians have made the decision to enrich a Special Olympics athlete’s life by becoming a certified coach.
Without you, potential athletes are left on the sidelines of life. You will be provided all the information and training necessary (at no cost to you) to become a coach.
Responsibilities as a Coach
- Assist athletes in learning sports skills and applying them in competitions
- Encourage confidence and self-esteem through sport
- Obtain equipment for athletic training
- Help to recruit athletes and assistant coaches
- Register athletes for competitions
- Conduct demonstrations in the community
- Start Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams
To get involved, connect with the community engagement contact dedicated to your county or region using the interactive map or region/county selector below. They will help you begin your journey!
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