Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

— For the first time, all 210 members of Special Olympics Team USA will be in historic Lake Placid for Special Olympics Team USA’s official training camp, prior to their participation in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea.

This is a huge honor as this delegation coming into New York is made up of Special Olympics athletes and coaches from all over the United States.

In preparation for the World Winter Games, athletes, coaches and other members of Special Olympics Team USA will attend a training camp in Albany and Lake Placid. The training camp will be the first time the Special Olympics Team USA delegation will be together prior to the 2013 World Winter Games. The camp will offer a variety of team building activities and sport-specific training.

Volunteers are needed for the week of Dec. 10 through Dec. 13 in Lake Placid to fill key roles in support of the training camp, including staffing Nordic skiing and alpine skiing, speed skating and figure skating, snowboarding and snowshoeing sports venues; set up/break down sports venues, and distribute lunch, and water to athletes and coaches; and support for athletes and coaches in welcoming committees and exiting committees.

For a schedule of the volunteer shifts available, details and to register, please download the volunteer registration form at specialolympicsny.org or email Stacy Gioeli at volunteer@nyso.org. Volunteers can be individuals or groups.

The 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games Jan. 29 through Feb. 5, will bring nearly 3,300 athletes from 112 countries together in PyeongChang and Gangneung, Republic of Korea, the same site where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held. More than 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators are also expected to attend. Athletes will compete in seven Olympic-type sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, short track speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey and the demonstration sport of floor ball.

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