Special Olympics Colorado -- Delta is looking for a track and field coach for school-age athletes. If a coach can be recruited before early January, Special Olympics will prepare a flyer to share with potential athletes and schedule a meet-and-greet in early February. If you are interested, please call Julie Fite, western regional manager, at 970-945-0395.
Coaches are integral to the success of Special Olympics. Anyone involved in coaching Special Olympics will tell you the personal rewards are great. All share a desire to help athletes be the best they can be. Those 16 and over, with or without sports experience, can serve as coaches.
Coaching Special Olympics athletes requires a level of dedication that goes beyond that of one-time event volunteers. Coaches are required to go through an online certification process and need to be available at least once a week for training with their athletes. Athletes must train six to eight weeks before competing at a Special Olympics event. Coaches are also responsible for chaperoning athletes at regional and state competitions and for submitting team entry forms prior to competition. Individuals can become head or assistant coaches; however, both require the same certification process.
Special Olympics Colorado is a nonprofit organization providing year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.