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Coaches/Unified Partners/Volunteer Information

"The wise coach develops not only the fullest physical potential in his charges, but also those capacities and habits of mind and body which will enrich and ennoble their later years."
(Geoffrey Dyson speaking to the 19th session of the International Olympic Academy, Greece 1979)

The roles that Special Olympics New Mexico "A" level volunteers play come with great responsibility.  Our volunteers play the role of teacher, role model, chaperone, caregiver, friend, counselor, Unified Partner and of course coach.

Our Volunteers impart to our athletes a plethora of sports skills and competitive spirit.  They also help build character and assist in our athletes' development as productive members of society.  These values define the Special Olympics movement.

Special Olympics New Mexico offers all level of certification for our Volunteers.



First and foremost all "A" level volunteers (who have prolonged contact with athletes) must complete and pass a mandatory background check. There is no cost to you in completing the information. Please click HERE to complete your online Background Check document through our Intellicorp Volunteer Portal. If you would prefer to complete a hard copy of the background check paperwork visit our Forms and Resources page, print the "A" Volunteer Application and send it to the SONM office. The results of your background check will be sent to you once the application has been processed.

All "A" level volunteers must also complete the General Orentation and Protective Behavior Quizzes. You will find the online version of this quiz HERE. Please remember, this information is mandatory for all "A" level volunteers for Special Olympics New Mexico.

At this time you will need to discuss with the Head of Delegation of your team what your role will be
, when this has been decided they will lead you in the next steps of volunteering with Special Olympics New Mexico.

We are very excited for you to be a part of the SONM team.


Note: Please turn in any hard copies of paperwork to

Special Olympics New Mexico
Attn: Jena Waddell, Director of Coaches Education
6600 Palomas NE Ste. 207
Albuquerque, NM 87109


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