Many students come into college and know that they want to get involved, but are often unsure of how to find service opportunities. Also, many students are required to perform community service for their major or grad program. The Office of Student Life & Leadership has something to help. The website at sll.sdsu.edu has a list full of different community service opportunities under the “Leadership and Community Service” tab. One such service opportunity is to volunteer/coach for the Special Olympics.
Many people know that the Special Olympics provide a friendly atmosphere for people with intellectual disabilities to play and compete in sports. What people may not know is that the Special Olympics reaches nearly 4 million athletes and stretches across 170 countries. The local San Diego branch is looking for people to help with coaching. Responsibilities would include serving as head/assistant coach at practices, assist with fundraisers and office work, volunteer at competitions among many other opportunities.
As a former Special Olympics volunteer, I can say that it was the most rewarding and satisfying volunteer experience I have ever had. Other volunteers walk away with lifelong friendships with some of the athletes. Your volunteering will not only benefit the athletes, but also benefit yourself.
The times are ongoing and they will work around your schedule. If you are interested in this great opportunity, please contact Regional Sports Manager, Kelcie Kopf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-283-6100.
Blog written by Tyler Daher, Student Life and Leadership- Student Contributor