Volunteer at the State Summer Games

The State Summer Games provide hundreds of opportunities for volunteers to help change the lives of Special Olympics athletes. The event also provides the widest variety of volunteer needs of any Special Olympics Kentucky event, so there truly is a place for everybody. We even have several volunteer roles that are prefect for larger groups, companies or civic organizations.

Please read the following job descriptions and fill out and submit the form below.

Sport Specific Volunteer Roles
General Volunteer Opportunities

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Awards
Delegation Welcoming Crew
Opening Ceremonies
Set-Up Crew
Victory Dance
Law Enforcement/Military

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Volunteer Opportunities – Sport Specific

AQUATICS — SWIMMING
Volunteers are needed on Friday evening June 2 after Opening Ceremonies from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm to time relay races and on Saturday, June 3, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to work as stagers, timers, and escorts.  Mostly adult volunteers are needed, but some jobs are appropriate for individuals at least 14 years of age. Competition will be indoors. Volunteers should wear flip flops or shoes that can get wet.

LOCKHEED MARTIN BOCCÉ VENUE
Boccé is a passive game that requires precision shots and lots of strategy. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers will assist officials in measuring distances and to perform general duties.  Boccé is played outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS
Volunteers are needed to stage athletes, escort athletes, or tally scores on Saturday, June 3, from 8:15 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Competition will be held indoors.

AECOM SOCCER VENUE
Volunteers are needed to work as officials, scorekeepers, announcers and doing general duties.  Experience for officials is required. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, June 3, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

RUNNING LONG JUMP
Volunteers are needed to help stage athletes, rake sand, measure and record jumps.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm.  Volunteers are asked to be at least 14 years of age.

SHOT PUT
Adult volunteers are needed to help stage athletes, retrieve shots, measure and record puts. Volunteers are needed on Friday Evening following opening ceremonies from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturday, June 3, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.

SOFTBALL THROW
Volunteers are needed to help stage athletes, retrieve balls, mark, measure and record throws. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.  This is a great event for groups to volunteer, as they can work together.  Individuals must be at least 14 years of age.

STANDING LONG JUMP
Adult volunteers are needed to stage athletes, measure and record jumps on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00 am – 2:15 pm.  This is a great event for groups that can include teenagers to volunteer but must have adult supervision.

TRACK EVENTS
Adult volunteers are needed to work as timers and judges on Saturday, June 3, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. There will be a few events on Friday night, June 2, after Opening Ceremonies.  A few timers and judges will be needed, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.

FINISH LINE GREETER — TRACK
Volunteers are needed to greet athletes on the track as they cross the finish line and keep the athletes in their lanes until officials have recorded results.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, from 7:45 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.

TRACK STAGING
Adult volunteers are needed to work at the track staging tents to organize athletes as they report to the staging area (s). Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm.  Volunteers should be at least 16 years of age.

WHEELCHAIR EVENTS
Adult volunteers are needed to work on the track as stagers, timers, awards presenters, etc. on Saturday, June 3, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

General Volunteer Opportunities

AWARDS
Adult volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. to work the awards venues. Awards Venue include: Standing Long Jump, Softball Throw, and Track Friday Night. We ask that you select at least one preference of venue when registering. Once assigned to a venue, volunteers will do one of the following jobs: awards presenter, stager, awards writer, announcer, etc.

FOOD SERVICES
20-25 volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, to distribute lunches to the athletes and coaches. Hours are 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.

GENERAL STORE
Adult volunteers are needed to sell Special Olympics merchandise from the General Store tent.  The General Store will have operating hours beginning on Saturday, June 3, through Sunday, June 4 (Sat. 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sun. 8:00 am – 10:00 am). 15 – 20 volunteers are needed both days.

HEALTHY ATHLETES
Adult volunteers are needed to assist with Healthy Athlete screenings in the following areas:  Fit Feet, FUNfitness, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, Special Smiles and Health Promotions. Knowledge in the specialized area would be beneficial. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

DELEGATION WELCOME CREW / LUGGAGE ASSISTANTS
Volunteers are needed on Friday, June 2 (1:00 – 5:00 pm), to help when athletes arrive on campus. Volunteers will assist coaches and athletes in getting their luggage and sports equipment to their assigned dorm rooms. Some heavy lifting may be required. This is a great event for groups to volunteer, as they can work together. Groups can include teenagers, but must have adult supervision.

MEDICAL SERVICES
Volunteer Medical staff are needed to assist the Kentucky Special Events Medical Team.  Volunteers are needed all 3 days to work in shifts; 8:00 am – noon, noon – 4:00 pm, and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  (Sunday will be from 8:00 am – noon only.)  Volunteers must have Current First Aid and CPR Training.

OLYMPIC TOWN & ENTERTAINMENT
An area filled with games, demonstrations, bingo, and music.  Olympic Town provides entertainment and fun.  More than 100 volunteers are needed to run booths and games. Groups or individual entertainers are needed for magic shows, DJs, Music Bands etc. Ideas and suggestions are encouraged.  Olympic Town will be open Saturday, June 3. (From 11:00 am to 3:30 pm)  This is a great volunteer opportunity for community groups, children and adults. Groups are encouraged to bring their own activity or game.

OPENING CEREMONIES
The Opening Ceremonies is a festive event which sets the tone for the Games.  Volunteers are needed on Friday evening, June 2, to coordinate staging and assist with the opening parade (5:00 pm – 8:30 pm), 25-30 volunteers needed.

PARKING LOT MONITOR
Adult volunteers are needed to monitor vehicle access into and out of the restricted area to help ensure safety of athletes and spectators. 3-4 volunteers will be needed on Saturday, June 3, from 7:30 am till 3:00 pm. (This job will be   scheduled in shifts).

SET-UP CREW
Volunteers are needed on Friday, June 2, to help set-up. Adults or youth with adult supervision. Some heavy lifting is required. Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

VICTORY DANCE
Groups or individuals are needed to help decorate and serve refreshments at the traditional Victory Dance on Saturday night, June 3. (Great project for youth groups with adult supervision or civic groups).

WATER CREW
Adult volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 3, to help set-up, distribute and maintain water stations. Volunteers are needed from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Some heavy lifting is required.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MILITARY PERSONNEL
Uniformed volunteers are requested to assist with the presentation of awards and/or participate in the Torch Run Final Leg. For additional details or questions please contact Torch Run Liaison Steve McGill at 502-695-8222 or smcgill@soky.org.

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