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The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle from July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports.

As the official broadcaster of the USA Games and Global Presenting Sponsor of Unified Sports, we at ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, are excited to continue our longstanding support of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes acceptance and inclusion through the power of sport.

During the week of competition, Special Olympics will need the skills of more than 10,000 volunteers. Team ESPN and Disney VoluntEARS will be integral in the overall success of the games.


Volunteer Jobs Available

There are a variety of great opportunities to be part of this life-changing experience. Throughout the week, Team ESPN and Disney VoluntEARS will: participate in the Opening Ceremony, escort athletes/teams to the field, manage volunteer check-in, support the officials and support the athletes as Fans in the Stands.

The major focus of all the volunteer efforts will be on the Unified Challenges (6/29 & 7/1) and Unified Football Experience (7/3). Since ESPN is the Global Presenting Sponsor of Unified Sports, it is important to support these Unified programs.

Logging Your Hours

Please note that by registering through this site, your volunteer time will automatically be transferred in to Disney VoluntEARS Online. You DO NOT have to log your hours separately.

Copy of Matthew Gang sinks a long putt

Sign Up to Volunteer


Frequently Asked Questions

How to Register


1. Click "Register Here" on the photo above

2. Click the purple box that reads "Click Here to Volunteer With Us!"

3. Select the blue box "Access Coded Companies and Groups"

4. In the upper left corner under "Activity Selector", enter your unique Access Code and click "unlock"

5. Once your group name appears, click on the blue plus sign to expose the positions available

6. Select the shift that works for your schedule (remember to check with a supervisor if necessary)

7. Select a Volunteer Training session (required)

8. Click "Next" using the green box to the right

9. On the next page, enter your email address, name and password in the "Create an Account" fields

10. Click "Register" to finalize your registration!


Watch the ESPN sizzle reel at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.