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Welcome to the Special Olympics PA Volunteer Registration.

New Volunteers: Create a User ID (your email address) and a Password. Then complete the fields below.  

Returning Volunteers: Log in using your existing account information.  

New User Details
Please complete each section below. All required fields are highlighted.

As a registered Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) volunteer, you will receive occasional email communications about our activities, promote inclusion, raise awareness, or garner support for our mission. We do not share your personal information with third parties.

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Volunteer Classifications

Special Olympics Pennsylvania has two different classifications of volunteers. They are:

Class A: Class A Volunteers have immediate contact with athletes such as coaching or assisting with team practices or competitions. Because of this, Class A Volunteers are required to complete a background check before beginning to volunteer. Additional online trainings are also required. After submission of this form, you will receive an email to complete the required background checks.

Class B: Class B Volunteers have casual or limited contact with athletes such as assisting with one-day or special events. After submission of this form, you will be automatically directed to a listing of upcoming volunteer opportunities.

As required by PA law and in accordance with Special Olympics Pennsylvania policy, you will need to complete background checks in order to become or remain a Class A volunteer.

Please Note: Class A volunteers that are 17 years of age and under do not need to complete background checks.

Step #1: Print, complete the PA Disclosure Statement and upload. You must obtain a "witness" signature. A witness is someone who is 18 years of age or older and can attest to your signature. Your signature and your witness signature must be handwritten; no electronic signatures will be accepted. To upload, "Browse" for a file, select and "Submit."

If you have not lived in PA for the past 10 consecutive years, an FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Record is required by law.  Click here to find locations to support this requirement. Once you have received the results, bring the original report to your local program. They will make a copy for SOPA's records.

Background
As a volunteer for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, we are required to gather some further background information on you. Any "Yes" responses will require that you directly contact our office before continuing.
Please open and review the following Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) policies. By submitting this volunteer application, you are attesting that you have read, understand and agree to uphold.
Volunteer - 17 and under

Volunteers who are 17 and under will recieve an email with a "17 and under application" that must be signed by a parent/guardian. If this procedure is not followed, the individual will not be eligible to volunteer for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Upon the individual's 18th birthday the Special Olympics Pennsylvania background check process must be followed depending on the volunteer classification. Volunteers minor may not be alone with any participating Special Olympics athlete during the course of their duties as a volunteer with SOPA and its programs and/or events.

Volunteer Signature

By signing/submitting the volunteer application, I affirm that I have read, understand and will adhere to the responsibilities and code of conduct; and that the information I have given is true and complete. If at any time the information provided is found to have been knowingly falsified, I will be disallowed from volunteering with Special Olympics Pennsylvania.