Protecting the Athletes of Special Olympics Connecticut is of the upmost importance. In order to ensure their safety, thorough background screenings are conducted on all volunteers in our program.

There are 3 steps to becoming a Class A Volunteer. Special Olympics will only contact you if there are any mistakes in your application or if any issues arise from your background check.

STEP 1: Conduct Your Background Screening

Go to Sterling Volunteers and complete your background check. It is a secure portal where you will create your own username and passord. You will have access to your own background check results.

The result of your screening is viewable only to Special Olympics Connecticut approved staff. Please note, SOCT does not have access to your social security number during this process. SOCT will review this information and follow up with you, via phone, with any questions, if needed.

Sterling Volunteer's secure portal can be accessed by clicking one of the below-

If you are a Class A Volunteer who will NOT be driving athletes CLICK HERE

If you are a Class A Volunteer who WILL be driving athletes CLICK HERE

Minor Volunteers (17 years old and younger): In lieu of a background check please CLICK HERE to download the Minor Reference Form, complete it as per the instructions on the form, and hit send to return it to SOCT. This is all that is required of volunteers age 17 and below.

STEP 2: Take Protective Behaviors Training

Special Olympics, Inc. requires all volunteers aged 18 and above participate in the Protective Behaviors Training Program. The program's goal is to provide education intended to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

CLICK HERE to start your training on Special Olympics Inc's webpage.

STEP 3: Complete the Class A application

This is an application with biographical questions, background check questions, and any pertinent medical data.

CLICK HERE to complete the last step.

Thank you!