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Volunteers Needed For Special Olympics Summer Games

The Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games are coming soon, and they need your help.

From June 4 to 6, more than 2,500 Special Olympians and coaches will be making their way to State College for the annual Summer Games of the Special Olympics. According to Penn State, volunteers are now being enlisted to help out with many different jobs, including pregame activities. Volunteers will be needed from June 1 to 7 to help with setup, monitoring events, escorting athletes, assisting with athletic evaluations, and even making beds.

The Summer Games coordinators will also be seeking safety and security operations staff to act as a means of communication between athletes, coaches, spectators, and staff in case of emergencies. Safety and security operations staff must be of age 18 or older.

This year’s Special Olympics will mark the 46th year for the event, which has occurred annually since its inception. Starting with a small number of athletes at the very first Special Olympics to a now estimated 2,500 competitors, this year’s event is expecting quite the turnout. The expected amount of athletes, coaches, and other staff members is the reason that the Special Olympics are asking for as much help as possible.

“The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games could not happen without thousands of local volunteers who pitch in each year to manage the Olympic Village,” said Jeff Smith of Penn State Outreach. “The volunteer need is great, and I am constantly amazed by the support of the Penn State and Centre Region community each year in supporting this wonderful event.”

The Special Olympics will be held at many places around campus, from Medlar Field all the way to McCoy Natatorium. This event will be the largest of the year for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. The events at the three-day Games will include: aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball, and tennis, occurring at a multitude Penn State venues.

In case that isn’t enough to get your attention, the Paterno family is a big donor the Special Olympics Pennsylvania, so you can expect plenty of Sue Paterno at the three-day event. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games, volunteer information can be found here.

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Jacob Abrams

Jacob Abrams is a sophomore from Oxford, PA, majoring in Management in the Smeal College of Business. Jacob is the President/GM of The LION 90.7 FM along with being a play-by-play commentator and sports talk show host. He is a sports fanatic, and strongly supports the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and the New Orleans Saints. He is a first-generation Penn Stater, and in his free time he likes to play sports and sing. You can follow him on Twitter @jake_abrams and contact him at [email protected]

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