About Us

THE MISSION

The mission of Special Olympics of Delaware County (SODC) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

OUR HISTORY

Special Olympics began in the early 1960’s, Ohio’s involvement began in the late 1960’s and SODC became involved in the 1970’s. We currently offer 12 sports to over 200 athletes and continue to grow. Spring Sports offered are track and field, bocce, tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, and powerlifting. Fall sports include golf, soccer, swimming, bowling, basketball, and cheerleading.

Our athletes attend practices locally and many area and State events including the incredible Ohio State Summer Games at Ohio State University.

THE ORGANIZATION

The organization is managed by 3 leadership positions. The County Director (fka Local Coordinator) serves as the liaison to Special Olympics Ohio and is responsible for overall coordination. The remaining roles of Sports and Fundraising Coordinator/s support the Director and are responsible for all aspects of their specific function. Those in leadership positions are also members of the Advisory Committee.

These roles require a commitment of 10-20 hours per week. Demand varies based on the schedule of events and the level of volunteer engagement at any time. A one year commitment is expected.

The leadership positions are volunteer, although a small stipend is available to cover travel and other incidental expenses ($300 to $500 a month).

Connie Warner is our Local Coordinator / County Director.

A variety of other volunteer positions are also available. See the list below. Contact the SODC mailbox for more information.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED

The Sports Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of sports management for 1 (or both) seasons. The spring season begins in March and runs through August. The fall season begins in July and runs through February. The Coordinator will be supported by additional volunteers including coaches. The Coordinator’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coach/Volunteer recruitment and oversight
  • Event oversight (includes attending sporting events)
  • Procurement of facilities and referees
  • Scheduling of games and practices
  • Assist with Summer Games as needed
  • Advisory Committee Member

The organization also depends on a small army of dedicated and passionate volunteers who give of their time and talents to keep the organization running.

Individual volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Office Assistant
  • Head and Assistant Coaches
  • Team Mom/Dad
  • Social Media – content providers
  • Grant Writer
  • Donation Solicitors
  • Event Volunteers
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Photographers
  • Advisory Committee Members*

*The Advisory Committee is responsible for overseeing the effective management, direction and mission of SODC. The committee is ideally comprised of school district representatives, family members, coaches, athletes and other community members. While all committee meetings are open to the public, only official members who are actively engaged have the privilege of voting.

FUNDING

Special Olympics of Delaware County is a self-funded subsidiary of Special Olympics of Ohio, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. There is no fee to participate - the cost of uniforms, team equipment, and other expenses associated with training our athletes is funded through the generous donations of the community and various fundraisers held throughout the year.