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Special Olympics Charity Profile
Special Olympics Arkansas is a non-profit organization, providing approximately 14,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to excel. The direction of the program flows through numerous volunteers. Arkansas is divided into 17 areas, each headed by a volunteer Area Director and various volunteers serving on team management committees. The Area Directors support all the local events in their area.
Originating in 1970, Arkansas held its first Summer Games with 283 athletes competing in various track and field events and has grown to a competition program for athletes wanting to train and compete in athletics, aquatics, softball, volleyball, unified football, powerlifting, bocce and cycling. Other Special Olympics Arkansas sports include: basketball, bowling, ice speed and figure skating, floor hockey and gymnastics.
Special Olympics Volunteer Information
Here in Arkansas these efforts are helping more than 14,000 individuals reach goals they never dreamed were possible, helping instill a sense of pride that only comes with personal achievement. Here are just some of the volunteer opportunities that are available for you at Special Olympics.
Sports Training:Work directly with athletes to improve their skills.
Sports management:Help the coaches and referees during activities and competitions.
Fundraising:Help plan or implement activities to raise funds and in-kind support.
Sporting Competition and Events:Help with short-term tasks associated with major events involving a variety of activities like booths and registration tables.
Office Support:Help in the office a few hours a week with computer, typing, mailing, etc.
Class A Volunteer: Coach, Chaperone, Unified Partner, Driver, etc.
Class B Volunteer:Day of event only volunteer, Civic Group