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Can family members coach?

Family members who are 14 years of age or older can volunteer as assistant coaches. Special Olympics periodically provides community coaches with sports certification trainings where coaches can learn techniques and skills for working with Special Olympics athletes. Remember, you won't just be coaching your own athlete — you will be working with other athletes as well!  Click here for more information about becoming a coach.  
How much does it cost to watch my athlete compete at a local or state competition?
All Special Olympics Northern California sports competitions are free! We welcome all spectators, so come and cheer for your athlete! See our Training and Competitions Calendar for a competition near you.
My athlete has a non-disabled sibling. Can they participate?
Non-disabled siblings cannot participate as a Special Olympics athlete.
How can I find out what competitions are coming up in my area?
See our Training and Competitions Calendar to find out about competitions near you.
I don't have the time available right now to coach. How else can I help?
There are many ways you can help. If you want to involve the entire family, why not volunteer time at a local competition? You can also support us by helping out at a fundraising event. We're always on the lookout for individuals with a range of skills, so why not check out our Become a Volunteer page and be part of Special Olympics in your community!
What about financial support?
Athletes are never charged to participate in any of our Special Olympics programs. This is why financial support from people and companies in our communities is so important. You can always make an online donation directly to Special Olympics, but we also have all kinds of fun fundraising events your whole family can participate in.
If you have a question that is not answered above, please feel free to contact us at and a staff member or volunteer will get in touch with you.