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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