Call the Y at (509) 332-3524 or email
our Volunteer Coordinator

at volunteer@palouseymca.org
for more information.



About the Program

The Special Olympics program is for athletes 8+ to develop both as an athlete and as an active member of society. Volunteers get the opportunity to interact with the athletes, help them build their skills, and build friendships! There are three sports offered throughout the year:

  • Bowling: September-October 
  • Basketball: November-January 
  • Track and Field: March-May

Volunteers are expected to attend all weekly practices over the course of the season as well as the end of season tournament. Practice locations and times vary, however, they typically occur either on Saturdays or Weekday evenings. Please see our Special Olympics program page or email volunteer@palouseymca.org for up-to-date information on season practice schedules. Volunteers are also required to attend end-of-season regional tournaments and end-of-season parties. 45-hour practicums can usually be accommodated through Special Olympics volunteering. 


Interested volunteers need to fill out a YMCA Volunteer Application. You will be prompted to complete a background check once the Y has received your application.

Volunteers will not be accepted once a season has begun, so please make sure to submit your forms before season commencement. Attendance at practices, end-of-season parties, and regional tournaments are mandatory unless prior arrangements are made. 


Volunteer Application