The following steps will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. All steps must be completed prior to volunteering. Completed applications are good for 3 years.
Complete these steps if you are 18 years of age or older (skip to next section if under 18 years of age):
STEP 1: View General Orientation slideshow and complete the form at the end. You will receive an email that looks like this:
STEP 2: View the Protective Behaviors page and submit your responses. This training is offered by Special Olympics Inc. and will require a login.
STEP 3: Complete emailed link/background check
If you have successfully completed the General Orientation and Protective Behaviors (steps 1 and 2 above), you will receive an email with a link to complete the background check. The cost for the background check is $10 ($6 for ISD employees) *Active duty and civilian employees of the military are NOT required to complete a criminal background check for Special Olympics Texas (SOTX).
STEP 4: Final Confirmation
When your background check has been reviewed by SOTX you will receive an email that looks like this (it may take 24 hours or more before you receive it):
Complete the following if you are under 18 years of age:
View General Orientation slideshow and complete the form at the end. You will receive an email that looks like this:
Coppell Volunteer Opportunities
Coaches are needed for each sport in which our delegation participates. A coach must become certified with Special Olympics Texas through the coach’s certification program. The certification requires that you:
Attend a Special Olympics Texas general session and approved eight-hour sport specific clinic conducted by a certified area training director/manager.
Complete 10 hours of practicum with a Special Olympics Texas athlete or team (can be with the team coached).
Submit the certification/practicum form to the area office or training director/manager for approval.
Maintain certification by attending the annual area conference (or by completing the online recertification course) and remaining active in the sport.
Coaches would be required to run practices (usually once per week) and coach the athletes at competitions. Practice seasons typically run 8-10 weeks culminating with one day of classification and one day of competition. Some sports may attend other practice competitions prior to classification and competition at the coach’s discretion.
Sports currently offered in Coppell are aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, soccer, and track and field. Coaches are currently in place but as the Coppell team grows more certified coaches are needed for some sports.
Sports our area supports (SOTX Area 10) are equestrian, golf, gymnastics, sailing, softball and volleyball. The Coppell delegation does not currently have certified coaches in these sports but supports are in place to assist coaches in forming a new team should a prospective coach have an interest.
Training assistants do not require certification. A training assistant would assist the coach at practices or would be assigned to assist a particular athlete. Training assistants would be expected to attend practices and help on the day of competition. There are no age requirements for training assistants. Many middle and high school students are training assistants and earn credits for community service hours.
We need volunteers of any age to help on the day of Special Olympics fundraisers. Current fundraisers that require volunteer help are our car washes, rummage sales, and the annual Coppell 5K.
Special Events Volunteers
We need volunteers of any age to help on the day of special events. Current special events include our annual athlete/volunteer banquet, Coppell Swim Meet and community parades.
Planning Committee Members
The planning committee is responsible for fundraising and decision-making within the delegation. We currently have committee members responsible for assisting the head of delegation,coordinating athletes, coordinating volunteers, fundraising, planning special events, publicity, bookkeeping, hospitality, coordinating uniforms, coordinating spirit wear and spirit items, and website maintenance. Additional planning committee members are welcome and are asked to attend a one hour meeting every other month in addition to their individual responsibilities.