2017 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The Volunteer of the Year Award is a special honor given to select Special Olympics Northern California volunteers who have made an outstanding effort to advance the goals of our program. The amount of time they give is only one indication of their commitment. They take joy from what they do; show a keen understanding of the mission of the organization; seek opportunities to promote the cause; and work to expand support for Special Olympics within their own communities. They oftentimes go the extra mile for things big and small, knowing that their efforts serves the larger purpose of preparing our athletes for life. They are exemplary representatives in the community.
How to Nominate
Thank you for taking the time to nominate a volunteer or coach for one of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year awards. Please use the descriptions below to guide your submissions.

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.

Who is Eligible?
Registered volunteers and school volunteers with ongoing, established relationships with our Schools Partnership Program Staff are eligible. Previous nominees ARE eligible as long as they continue to fit the description of the award. Individuals who have won the award since 2012 are NOT eligible. Below is the list of past award recipients.
Nomination Form
Using the form below, please describe what your nominee did in 2017 to support the Special Olympics program and why he or she should be selected as Volunteer of the Year. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee of Special Olympics staff, athlete(s), and volunteer(s). The information you provide is the only information that will be available to the committee to select the winners. Post-selection, nominees will receive notice that they have been nominated while winners will be announced in May and awarded at the Summer Games.

You are welcome to submit more than one nomination. Please use a separate form for each nominee.

Nomination period closes on February 28, 2018.

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If you know, in which county does the nominee reside?
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Describe the nominee's position and general responsibilities *
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Why does nominee deserve recognition? How does he/she go above and beyond? *
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