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PAASS relies on the dedication and support of many volunteers in a variety of positions. Coaches, peers, and family members donate their time and energy to create memorable experiences for our participants. We welcome all volunteers 8th grade to adult who would love to help out. Sign up as a GENERAL VOLUNTEER for opportunities.
Sports programs are as much about social engagement as playing the game for our participants. Having fun together, building skills while making memories. Sign up to volunteer.

Expectations of Volunteers

  • Have a positive attitude and energy

  • Introduce yourself and make sure you know name of player you are supporting

  • Offer frequent compliments for effort

  • Encourage “independence” to dribble, shoot, pass, throw baseball, kick soccer ball, whatever activity you are there to support

  • Modify exercise/activity for special needs child to feel successful

  • Trust your instincts

  • Balance between being the leader and allowing the special needs child to feel empowered

  • Be aware of when another child in need of a buddy is present, and include him/her

  • Seek out assistance from a coach when needed

  • If player needs to use the restroom, advise coach so parent can escort

  • Be aware of when player may need a break, especially with younger kids (tired, water, snack). Get back to activity quickly before it becomes a meltdown

  • Tie shoes if you notice unlaced but ask first as player may be able to do independently

  • Talk to your player as social engagement is also very important

  • Never leave your assigned player without checking in with the coach

  • If the player keeps focusing on their parent, work to coax them away and engage them best by being overly excited and dramatic

  • Always smile


Buddy Program

One of the unique benefits of the Challenger Divisions is the use of the “buddy” system, whereby players will be assisted by non-disabled peers. This buddy system has been a proven benefit in programs across the country in establishing good relationships between disabled and non-disabled players. The community is learning about inclusiveness, increasing their knowledge about children with disabilities and fostering community partnerships.  The buddies’ involvement will vary and is dependant on the particular needs of the player. A buddy might assist a player with running the bases, throwing a baseball, kicking a soccer ball, or dribbling a basketball. The buddies are also there to engage the players. The buddies benefit as much from this program as do the players.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Coaches

  • Assistance with managing database, financial informations

  • Photographers

  • Videographers

  • Refreshments

  • Fundraising

  • Community Outreach

  • Parent & Sibling Support at Events

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