Volunteer Information

Why Volunteer?

Volunteers are the backbone of Douglas County Special Olympics. If you are seeking a volunteer opportunity that can make a difference in both your life and the lives of others, Douglas County Special Olympics needs you.

Many organizations utilize volunteers. But only with Special Olympics can you walk out on the athletic field and see how your time and effort has made an immediate impact.

Whether you’re coaching an athlete or helping to raise money, or helping take care of uniforms you’re touching the lives of people who ask only for an opportunity to participate, succeed and grow.

Special Olympics athletes work hard to overcome the odds, and they can do it – with your help. They deserve the chance to compete, the chance to grow and the chance to lead both on and off the playing field. Give them a chance and you will find it an incredibly rewarding experience for you, too.


Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer with Douglas County Special Olympics! The following items must be completed by all volunteers before attending competitions with the athletes:

SOKS Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is designed to assure that each participant abides by the philosophy and the mission of SOKS. In return for appropriated conduct, individuals will be treated with respect and openness. Athletes will also have access to self-improvement training opportunities and be placed in an environment appropriate to their level of competence. All participants of SOKS are expected to conduct themselves according to the following codes of conduct:

Respect for Others

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals involved in Special Olympics.
  • Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, race, ethnic origin, religion or ability.
  • Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Serve as a positive role model for others.
  • All Participants Shall Act with Dignity and Take Responsibility for His/Her Actions.
  • The participant’s language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation will demonstrate the highest standards.
  • The participant shall display control, respect and dignity to all involved in Special Olympics.
  • The participant shall set a positive example through his/her actions and encourage others to exhibit the same qualities.
  • The participant shall not consume alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs while participating in Special Olympics Kansas events.
  • The participant will not engage in any disruptive behavior that interferes with the rights of others or impedes the training or competition of athletes.
  • The participant will not make inappropriate or unwanted physical, verbal, or sexual advances on others.
  • All participants are expected to follow the guidelines and rules as established by SOKS and SOI.


  • All participants are expected to obey this Code of Conduct.
  • This Code of Conduct is a general guide for all conduct of a participant and does not describe all types of good and bad behavior.
  • If a participant does not obey this Code of Conduct, the participant will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Special Olympics Kansas Participation Policy.

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