UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Summer Games, to be held at the Penn State University Park campus from June 2-4, is looking for volunteers from the local community to help make the event a hit.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes will compete in track and field, basketball, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball, swimming and tennis. the three-day event hosts nearly 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches.
Volunteers make up the bulk of those who organize the event and play a variety of important roles with the games, including logistical support such as greeting athletes when they arrive on campus, helping them with their luggage and guiding them to their housing, as well as help with the assembly and disassembly of the equipment. Other volunteers help organize the games themselves, serving as judges, scorekeepers, timekeepers, lane monitors, announcers, food preparers, fans in the stands, and more.
“Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and without them we would not be able to deliver our programming or host incredible events like the Summer Games,” said Erika Christiansen, Central Director of the competition for SOPA. “The impact you get as a Special Olympics volunteer is truly magical – you help our athletes step out of the sidelines and into the game of life.”
All volunteers will have to follow the SOPAs COVID-19 “Return to Activities” Protocolswhich may require testing for those who are not vaccinated.
For more information on volunteering, contact Erika Christiansen, Central Competition Manager, at 814-234-3750 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register as a volunteer, visit the site on this link.