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Summer volunteering in NYC | © Flickr/USAG- Humphreys
Summer volunteering in NYC | © Flickr/USAG- Humphreys
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Become a Sports and Recreation Volunteer in New York City

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 21 June 2017
Now that summer is in full swing, everyone wants to get outdoors. What better way than to volunteer to help run sports or recreational activities? Culture Trip rounds up some of New York City’s volunteering opportunities.

South Bronx United

If soccer is your sport of choice, South Bronx United provides a great means to volunteer in the local community. Not only is there an emphasis placed on soccer, but life skills and education are also equally stressed by its 200+ volunteers. Positions range from college prep mentor to youth soccer coach to pro bono lawyer. For more, visit

Bike New York

Bike New York promotes and encourages cycling and bicycle safety through courses, events and more in the Big Apple. The Five Boro Bike Tour is one of its main events, where thousands take to the streets—void of cars—on the first Sunday each May. Not only are volunteers rewarded by promoting healthier and environmentally friendlier modes of transportation, but there’s also an incentive program, too. For more, visit

2017 Five Boro Bike Tour
2017 Five Boro Bike Tour | © Bike New York

PowerPlay NYC

The goal of PowerPlay NYC is to empower and educate girls through sports while teaching life skills including leadership, teamwork and more. Volunteer opportunities range from youth coach to college mentors to even photography or data entry. For more, visit

Brooklyn Boat Works

Armed with four sheets of marine-grade plywood, a set of plans and basic tools, groups of middle-school students are encouraged to work together to build a boat. At the end of the school year they launch the boat in the water in celebration of their accomplishment. For more, visit

Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York provides sports training and athletic competition year round for children and adults with disabilities. Events encourage athletes to continue to develop physical fitness, confidence, courage and a sense of community. Volunteer opportunities include scorekeepers, athlete escorts, set-up and more. For more, visit

Back On My Feet

This program targets the city’s homelessness problem through the power of running, community support and housing/employment resources. Volunteer opportunities include FundRacing to raise funds for the program and running with those experiencing homelessness. For more, visit