PAASS requires the dedication and support of many volunteers in a variety of positions. Coaches, peer volunteers, 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. Click on a button below for specific event details and to sign up for current volunteer positions.
Volunteers will be needed for upcoming programs including Baseball, Tennis, Summer Camps, Community Activities, Special Events, and more. Sign up as a General Volunteer for updates and opportunities.
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
- 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 buddy may need a break, especially with younger kids (tired, water, snack) and do a quick break and get back to activity 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
- Trust your instincts
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.