There are 6 award categories:
1. COACH OF THE YEAR
This award honors the active and registered Special Olympics coach with at least three years of coaching experience who demonstrates exceptional leadership, competence, and dedication to his or her athletes and strives to improve their health, fitness, well-being, and integration into the community. This volunteer is/was also involved in Special Olympics in two or more ways, such as coaching and participating in Polar Plunge or community outreach.
2. SPORTS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - for non-coach, team manager, games management team member, area director, or office volunteer
This award honors the active and registered Special Olympics volunteer with at least three years of consistent involvement who shows exceptional effort and dedication in executing his or her volunteer duties, whatever the variety, size and complexity of the tasks/roles assigned. This volunteer is/was involved in Special Olympics in two or more ways.
3. ROOKIE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
This award honors an individual or group which has made significant contributions in their first year with Special Olympics. This is a special recognition for the volunteer who may have not been with the organization for very long but has embraced its mission fully through active leadership of, or involvement in, programs or development.
4. YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR (Under 18) - community and schools
This award honors the active coach or volunteer with at least one year of involvement with Special Olympics. This youth volunteer demonstrates exceptional leadership and dedication as a coach or as a Schools Partnership program volunteer, plays a critical role in involving his or her school in inclusive activities or fundraising.
5. LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN (LETR)
This award honors an individual or group who have made significant contributions to Special Olympics through leadership of and/or involvement in LETR programs, and is representative of the highest level of volunteer leadership and involvement.
6. SCHOOL PROGRAM - for school, teachers and administrators
This award honors an individual, a school or group who have made significant contributions to Special Olympics through leadership of and/or involvement of its Schools Program.
You are welcome to submit more than one nomination. Please use a separate form for each nominee.
Nomination period closes on February 28, 2018.