Area 14- Special Olympics Virginia- Loudoun County
“Let Me Win, But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Be A Coach

Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else’s life.

More Than a Coach
Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders.

Special Olympics coaches go even further — they help athletes with intellectual disabilities find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect. They can help an athlete succeed in school or even find a job.

Coaches also get a lot in return. They get to know athletes who inspire — athletes who are brave and determined, despite the odds against them. Coaches become more than teachers, mentors and role models — they are seen as leaders in the community.

Coaching Excellence

Special Olympics is committed to Coaching Excellence — because it benefits both coaches and athletes at the same time. In a supportive learning environment, coaches work to enhance athletes’ sport techniques, tactics and fitness.

One of our top Coaching Excellence goals calls for ongoing coaches’ education; this includes partnering with sports organizations to provide the highest and most up-to-date level of coaching knowledge. Coaching Excellence education helps our coaches better recognize each athlete’s potential. It also comes into play as we increase training and competition opportunities so that each athlete can reach — or exceed — their personal best.

As you can see, the focus and commitment is on the athletes. In this way, appropriate training helps coaches provide the best opportunities and experiences for athletes — at every developmental level — to reach their maximum potential.

Our coaches aim high and take pride in their athletes’ achievements, which can often be life-changing moments. In the words of Annette Lynch, senior manager of Sports Partnerships, Special Olympics North America: “If better is possible, good is not enough.”

Bringing Out the Best. Special Olympics coaches play an important role in the lives of Special Olympics athletes.

For more specific descriptions of opportunities, contact Veronica Jennings at (703) 359-4301.