Soon the 1989 Special Olympics Summer Games will be here, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help.
More than 3,000 volunteers and more than 900 host families and individuals are needed for the games at Brigham Young University June 8 to 10."We need volunteers to help with all phases of the games," said Ken Ivory, manager of community involvement for the games. "Volunteers are vital to the games' success, and we are looking for people to help make the games a positive experience for everyone involved."
Volunteer positions include coaches, judges, timers, greeters, scorekeepers, guides, sports officials, team hosts and equipment. Volunteers are also needed to help organize and prepare the games.
"The response from host families has been outstanding in the past," said Dal Zemp, games coordinator. "We can use even more hosting support this year."
Zemp said this is the first year the athletes will stay at the games for two nights. Host families primarily provide a place for the athletes to sleep, as well as breakfast and transportation to and from the competition.
"Families or individuals that host Special Olympians are well-benefited by having such a positive experience and learning more about handicapped people," he said.
For more information call the Special Olympics hotline at 378-2130 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.