In order to continue our dramatic growth, we are actively recruiting new volunteers to serve in several capacities including:

  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Game Day Event Planning
  • Game Day Event Volunteers
  • Sponsorships
  • Business Development
  • Hospital Relations
  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Public/Media Relations
  • Social Media
  • Multimedia
  • Mobile Technology
  • Legal
  • Fundraising
  • Family Relations
  • Financial Reporting


If you have experience in any of these areas listed and are excited by the opportunity to provide a magical day for seriously-ill children and their families, please consider becoming a Special Spectators volunteer.  Maybe you’re a recent college graduate and the current economic climate has made it difficult to find a job or you’re a talented professional who has recently been laid-off and are looking to volunteer your time.

Whether you can give several days a week or only a few minutes a month, we want you to join us.  This is a great opportunity for exposure as millions of fans each year have been introduced to Special Spectators.  We’ve been featured on ESPN,, FSN, the Big Ten Network, Delta Airlines in-flight entertainment and local coverage in markets such as Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Dallas, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tucson and many more.

We’re passionate about Special Spectators, we have a great time and you’ll be amazed how spending a day at football game can impact these children and their families.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer, click the “Contact” page and send us an email.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a volunteer?
Simply click the button below.

How does a child attend a Special Spectators game day event?
Generally, we partner with a children’s hospital in the community where an event takes place and work with their staff to select families.  Though we aren’t a wish granting organization, we do accept qualified families when contacted directly by them.  Our events range in size from 10 – 100 people with the average around 25.

How is Special Spectators funded?
Special Spectators is funded primarily by private donations and corporate support.  All tickets have been donated to Special Spectators by athletic departments and professional teams – worth approximately $250,000 since 2002.  We are a completely volunteer-based organization – we have no paid staff or offices.

How do you select the universities as partners?
Each year we introduce Special Spectators to athletic departments and ask for the participation.  Once a school agrees, they select the game and number of tickets to donate.  Our dedicated volunteers design, create and host the events.

How can my company learn more about sponsorships?
We would be happy to discuss the different levels of sponsorships available.  Please click the “Contact” tab, send us an email and someone will respond shortly