Bellingham Special Olympics is always looking for volunteers to assist with our program. Whether you are a seasoned coach or have no experience at all, you are welcome to come help our athletes. All we look for is passion to make a difference. The most important job for our volunteers is to provide direction and encouragement to each athlete. Your presence alone can make a difference.


Swimming (Spring) – Help an athlete learn the basics of swimming with the support of a coach. Help the coach time swims. Come prepared to be in the water.

Soccer (Spring) - Help athletes with dribbling, scoring, and playing team defense. A great opportunity to teach and encourage teamwork.

T-ball and Softball (Summer) – Help athletes with throwing, catching, batting and learning the rules of the game.

Bowling (Fall) – Help athletes find a bowling ball and a lane. Help the athletes determine when it is their turn to bowl.

Basketball (Winter) – Help athletes with dribbling, passing, shooting baskets and learning the rules of the game.

If you have interest in becoming a Certified Coach in any of our sports, please contact us at admin@sobellingham.org.


(1) Check out our Athletic Calendar to see if our scheduled practices and events fit your schedule.

(2) Complete the Volunteer Application and the WSP Background Request Form and either deliver both forms in person at a scheduled practice, or send via email to admin@sobellingham.org. A background check of national databases for child abuse and neglect offenses is required to be a volunteer for Special Olympics.

(3) Complete the Protective Behaviors Online Training prior to attending a practice. It is through the caring, concern and talents of all our athletes, families and volunteers that Special Olympics has become one of the most respected sports programs in the world. Your participation in the Protective Behaviors Training Program is just one more way to demonstrate your dedication. The main objective of this presentation is the prevention of sexual abuse of Special Olympics athletes. It will also briefly address physical and emotional abuse.

(4) Come to practice!

For more information on volunteering, please email us at admin@sobellingham.org or contact us here.

That's it! Thanks for your interest in becoming a Bellingham Special Olympics Volunteer! We hope to see you soon!