One of the best ways to support Special Olympics Pakistan is to donate time, energy, commitment and dedication into becoming a volunteer. Its not only enjoyable, but will also leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a change.
Neelam Shahzadi- Volunteer
I have been a part of the Special Olympics movement ever since my brother joined and started participating in national competitions. When I saw the kind of work that SOP does and how they enhance the lives of every individual with intellectual disabilities, I was inspired and wanted to be a part of it in any way possible. Therefore, I started volunteering by assisting in the event-planning process and collecting registrations. I remember each event and experience all too clearly, but a few of my most treasured memories are from my time spent at the national games. Watching my brother showcasing his talent on the field alongside other special athletes was unforgettable. SOP is a non-profit organization that is developing quite rapidly. The staff, athletes, and volunteers will continue to ensure the success of this widespread movement. I am willing to help SOP in whatever it needs, now and in the many years to come.
Yaseen Merchant- Parent of a special Athlete and a Volunteer
I became a part of SOP when my daughter, Afsheen, was selected to compete for Bocce in the Australian Games. I think its safe to say that when she returned from the games, she was a completely different person, in a good way. She was happier and much more socially active - that’s when I realized the kind of positive impact that SOP has on the lives of these young athletes. Along with Bocce, my daughter also received training in Badminton, as that is a sport she enjoys immensely. It gives me great pride to watch my daughter show her talent to the world and as a parent, I can ask for nothing more. In my opinion, SOP is doing excellent work - they are cooperative, loving, caring and I hope they stay that way. Their contribution in our lives has proved to be extremely significant. I like to give back by volunteering and helping out in a good cause.
Noureen Manzoor- Volunteer
My brother is an exceptionally talented, gold medalist athlete at Special Olympics and I am grateful to SOP for providing such a platform for him. I have volunteered in many various events and my experience has always been worthwhile. Being a part of a movement so strong has made me humbler and caring and has given me the motivation to do something for a change. The event that was organized by Ms Ronak brought families together and was a memorable day for all of us. I have a sense of attachment and belonging towards this organization and would contribute as much as I can without hesitation. All the volunteers including myself, understand that this is a great channel to utilize for people that need help, where we can help them.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers. They can also be unified partners -- playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities -- or fans cheering in the stands.
Our volunteers are all ages and their commitments can range from an afternoon to a lifetime. From China to the United States, Ghana to Singapore, Australia to Paraguay, Ireland to India, our volunteers are helping to bring out the champion in every Special Olympics athlete.
Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created -- without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers. We owe so much to these millions of people who find the time to make the world a better place.
Volunteer to Coach
Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Special Olympics coaches go even further -- they help athletes find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.
As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect. They can help an athlete succeed in school or even find a job.
Volunteer to Cheer
Find an event near you and go. Cheer for athletes who live near you or cheer for those who inspire you. It won't be long before you know their names and you know how well they can run, jump, kick, throw or swim.
Take and Share Photos or Video
The staff of Special Olympics Ghana is focused on making every event the best it can be through planning and promotions. Running a track meet, for example, takes many more people than you might realize. With so much going on, sometimes our staff don't have time to stop to take photos or video. If you have skill with a camera--or just love to take photos-let us know so we can make sure you get a great spot.
Share a Moment
What impressed you at an event? What moved you? What does Special Olympics mean to you? Share a moment that changed the way you think about people with intellectual disabilities.
Help Out At an Event
Our public sport events need people to make them run smoothly. People who line up athletes for races; people who help time events; trained officials who make sure the rules are followed; people to announce events; people to rake the pit after each high jump. Every job needs a person, and every job is a fun way to take part.
Help With Office Work
The key goal of Special Olympics Ghana is making sure our athletes get the best coaching on a weekly basis so they can compete and prove to themselves and others that their personal best is always getting better. Behind the scenes there are forms to fill out, letters and emails to send, supplies to manage, phone calls to make and much more. If you are an organized, enthusiastic person, please help with some office work.
Brag About Us on Social Media
Tweet, chat, post on Facebook, share photos, spread the news! Everyone who tells our story in a personal way helps shape the way other people see us and our mission.