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SONC also needs sport-knowledgeable volunteers in key leadership roles for local, area, and state-level events as officials, competition mangement, etc. To find out what opportunities we have available, contact Katie Lockhart.
All coaches and those within leadership roles are classified as Class A volunteers and are required take Protective Behaviors training every three years. This is an online course so coaches may learn how to recognize and handle signs of abusive behaviors. The test takes about 15 minutes to complete, and you will be able to see your results instantly. They will also be sent directly to SONC.
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Special Olympics athletes deserve well-trained coaches, and SONC offers a comprehensive training program to prepare you for this volunteer role. Prior experience is not necessary - SONC will provide you with everything you need to know!
An important document to remind past, present, and future coaches about the role of the coach in the athletes experience with Special Olympics.
This oath is recited by an SONC coach during Opening Ceremonies at all state-level events.
“In the name of all coaches and in the spirit of sportsmanship, I promise that we will act professionally, respect others, and ensure a positive experience for all. I promise to provide quality sports and training opportunities in a safe environment for all athletes.”
In addition to sports training and competitions happening every day at the local program level, SONC athletes have the opportunity to compete in events at the state, national and even international level!