KC Metro Region Seeks Volunteer Coaches & Assistants Help with Special Olympics Kansas Athletes


Mission, KS – Special Olympics Kansas Seeks Volunteer Coaches

Energized by the pride and power of teamwork, Special Olympics Kansas provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be an athlete, and more.  But before developing athletes, trained Coaches and Team Assistants are imperative to the organizations mission. 

In the KC Metro region (Kansas side), there are currently 83 Coaches and 408 Team Assistants who work with 1,415 athletes in the region.  Coaches and Team Assistants play a unique and indispensable role.  They provide sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete and serve as role models and character builders.  Coaches are asked to adhere to the Coaches Code of Conduct.  They plan and attend practices and modify instruction to meet individual needs.  Time commitment is 8-9 weeks per sport; one hour a week for practice and attending regional and possibly state competition.  Coaches may coach multiple sports and multiple seasons.

A Team Assistant attends practices and attends competitions as part of that team’s delegation.  They do not need sports knowledge, but may assist as a manager, health coach, practice assistant, etc.  Time commitment is similar to coaches, 8-9 weeks per sport; one hour a week for practice and attending regional and possibly state competition.

There are a total of 5 Regions in Kansas, with a total of 326 Coaches and 1,687 Team Assistants to support 5,165 Athletes.

If you are interested in more information about the KC Metro region, please contact Chris Burt, Metro/Southeast Regional Director at burtc@ksso.org or 785-760-3519 or www.ksso.org/regions.  Follow the Metro region on facebook: SOKS Metro Region

Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, respected members of society through sports, health and nutrition programs and leadership development.