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.

Special Olympics coaches often find that the personal rewards received are equal to or even outweigh the benefits they offer the athletes.

Participation is seasonal, depending on the sport. Coaches make a weekly commitment of at least two hours per week for eight weeks preceding competitions. All coaches are required to be a Class A Volunteer