The State Spring Games are fast approaching, and we urgently need your assistance! We’re looking to recruit around 700 volunteers for the event weekend from June 7-9, taking place in Tacoma, Federal Way, and Auburn. We welcome individuals, families, and groups of any size. Scout troops, service clubs, faith groups, and corporate teams are all encouraged to join us. Spread the word to your dentist, physical therapist, or your child’s school nurse. If you would like a digital flyer to post on your workplace’s employee portal or in the breakroom, please email us at volunteer@sowa.org.

We particularly need volunteers at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma/Parkland, where we will host Athletics (track & field) and Soccer, along with the Opening Ceremonies, Olympic Town, and the Victory Dance. There are still a few volunteer shifts available at the Swimming events (King County Aquatics Center, Kirkland), but they are filling up quickly. For powerlifting, volunteers are coordinated through our new venue, Dungeon Strength in Auburn, with additional support from personnel at JBLM. We’d love for you to join us at PLU!

  • June 7-9 
    • Event: State Spring Games (track & field, soccer, swimming, special events) 
    • Locations:  
      • Tacoma/Parkland (Pacific Lutheran University) 
      • Federal Way (King County Aquatic Center) 
    • We’ve condensed the volunteer opportunities into the following categories:
      • General Event Volunteer registration link: https://sowa2024statespringgames.my-trs.com/
      • Support Services (Set-up, Day-of Support, Tear Down)
        • Greatest needs:
          • Friday (6/7):  Set up of Soccer, Athletics and Olympic Town venues (AM, PM and All Day shifts)
          • Saturday (6/8):  Set up of the Victory Dance (afternoon), register to stay to help with activities during the dance
          • Sunday (6/9): Tear down of Athletics and Soccer venues (afternoon)
          • All weekend: Crosswalk guards, parking attendants, etc. at PLU
      • Competitions (Athletics/track & field, Soccer and Swimming)
        • Greatest needs:
          • Saturday (6/8):  Athletics (All Day and PM shifts); Soccer (Individual Skills assistants, AM shift)
          • Sunday (6/9): URGENT NEED! Athletics (AM, PM and All Day shifts)
      • Special Events (Olympic Town, Young Athletes, Merchandise Sales and the Victory Dance)
        • Greatest needs:
          • Saturday (6/8): Olympic Town activity station attendants (AM, PM and All Day)
          • Sunday (6/9): Olympic Town activity station attendants (AM, All Day and Tear Down)
      • Medical (see below – medical/first aid and Healthy Athletes)
        • Greatest needs:
          • Saturday (6/8): Healthy Athletes & Performance Stations (see section below)
          • Sunday (6/9): Performance Stations (see section below)
        • Healthy Athletes Volunteers – This program provides Special Olympics athletes with free health screenings, education, and referrals for follow-up care in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the barriers people with IDD often encounter during a visit to a doctor, dentist, or other healthcare professionals.  Healthy Athletes is not only a program for other athletes but, through training and hands-on experience at screenings, it is a program for healthcare students and professionals to increase their knowledge of best practices in caring for people with IDD.
          • Calling all dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, physical therapists, medical professionals, medical/nursing students and general volunteers! 
          • Register here: NextGen (my-trs.com)
        • Medical / First Aid Volunteers – Do you have a valid and current CPR and First Aid, or Basic Life Support certification?  Do you hold a valid and current Washington Health Care Provider license or certification?  If so, please consider volunteering with our Emergency Management Team at our regional competitions as well as State Games.  
  • The minimum age to volunteer as a General Event Volunteer is 11 – youth ages 11-14 must have an adult volunteer alongside them; teens 14-17 may volunteer on their own but in select roles.
  • Families should register as a Small Group with an adult as the group leader, then “Add Another Person”.
  • Groups of 10 or more should email volunteer@sowa.org to find the best fit for your group and for assistance in registering.

Pre-registration closes at 8am on Monday, June 3.  On-site registration will be available during Games Weekend but pre-registered volunteers will have priority.  We need to close registration on June 3rd as there are a lot of behind-the-scenes projects that need to be done for an event of this size.  Thank you in advance for your help by registering by the deadline.

Our volunteers are crucial to the success of our events and we look forward to your participation June 7-9!  Our athletes have worked hard to qualify to participate in these State Spring Games and we need you to help us make it a weekend they won’t soon forget!

If you’re new to volunteering with Special Olympics Washington and would like to learn more about other volunteer opportunities, please complete our Volunteer Interest Form and our staff will follow up with you.  In the meantime, we encourage you to register to volunteer at one of the events listed above.  You can also email our Volunteer Team at volunteer@sowa.org.