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Special Olympics West Virginia (SOWV) is pleased to announce the 2019 Summer Games will be held on May 31 – June 2 in Charleston. It is the commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you which gives our athletes the opportunity to compete and find joy through sports. We hope your schedule will allow you to volunteer at this fun event. If so, please indicate your desire to volunteer by completing and returning the Volunteer Application with a copy of a current photo id.

We ask that you return the Volunteer Application by May 15th. This allows us time to order volunteer shirts and schedule volunteers accordingly. Please be sure to include your availability in the spaces provided on the form. We will fill the volunteer positions with consideration of your preference. You will be sent a notification of your assigned schedule and registration information, which includes directions/map etc.

On behalf of the Special Olympics West Virginia staff and the 2019 Summer Games Management Team, THANK YOU for your support. If you have any questions, you may contact me at 304-345-9310, or by email at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to working with you to provide a memorable experience for you and our Special Olympics West Virginia Athletes.

Volunteer Roles

Track Events:

  • Track Staging – assist with getting athletes prepared to run their races by placing them into their respective heats and then escorting them to the start line.

  • Finish Line Greeter – greet athletes at the finish line at the conclusion of their race and escort them to the awards staging area.

    Field Events:

  • Venue Escort – escort athletes from the venue of their event to the awards staging area

  • Softball Throw / Tennis Ball Throw – assist with the running of the event, opportunities can include: staging of

    athletes to compete, recording distances, measuring distances, or retrieving softballs

  • Running / Standing Long Jump – assist with the running of the venue, opportunities can include: staging of

    athletes to compete, recording distances, measuring distances, raking sand pit or escorting athletes from the

    venue to the awards area.

  • Shot Put – assist with the running of the venue, opportunities can include: staging of athletes to compete,

    recording distances, measuring distances, retrieving shots or escorting athletes from the venue to the awards

    area.

  • Turbo Jav – assist with the running of the venue, opportunities can include: staging of athletes to compete,

    recording distances, measuring distances or escorting athletes from the venue to the awards area.

    Bocce:

  • Volunteers needed to assist as court officials, score keepers, measuring assistants, athlete escorts, and other various logistics roles.

    Baggo (Cornhole):

  • Volunteers needed to assist as court officials, score keepers, athlete escorts, and other various logistics roles.

Golf:

  • 18-hole – volunteers needed to assist in keeping score and caddying.

  • Individual Skills – volunteers needed to assist in setting up skills contest area, measuring distances, and

    recording scores.

Tennis:

  • Match Play - volunteers needed to assist as court officials, score keepers, retrieve tennis balls.

  • Individual Skills – assist with running of the event, opportunities can include: stating of athletes to compete,

    record scores, retrieve tennis balls.

Additional Opportunities:

  • Awards Personnel – staging of athletes to receive awards, and presentation of awards to athletes.

  • Olympic Village – fun area for athletes when not competing. Help oversee games, crafts, beauty booth and

    more.

  • Volunteer Registration – check volunteers in, hand out credentials, t-shirts, and direct volunteers where to go.

Upcoming Events

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