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The schedule of events, maps, and other details for the 2018 State Summer Games are available at the website for Special Olympics Tennessee.

While the Kiwanis Club of Nashville has provided volunteers for decades to help with the track and field awards presentations, the need for our volunteer support in the past couple years has expanded to other areas. In 2017 we asssisted on Friday with the reception and hospitality in the early evening as hosts and hostesses, and later in the evening with the opening ceremonies and making sure that every team entering the arena from around the state got some loud and vocal support. There may even be need for some Kiwanian(s) to help with the balloon drops from the ceiling walkways near the end of the opening ceremony!

On Saturday we now help in other areas including the timing and placement of participants in their events. There is also need for a variety of tasks with the dinner, dance and celebration ceremonies and party on Saturday evening to conclude the weekend.

Derrick Free is again the chair of the event to be held at Lipscomb University on May 18th and 19th and will begin signups and promotion of the volunteer opportunities in March. Special Olympics events engaging Kiwanis volunteers throughout the country have seen the transition for many Kiwanis volunteers to be impacted significantly.

The registration site to volunteer for the 2018 Special Olympics-TN State Summer Games is officially up. Please note that the deadline for registering is April 30th. Again, here is some general information about the 2018 summer games:

Dates: Friday May 18th (Opening Ceremony) and Saturday May 19th (Competition)

Locations: Lipscomb University and Centennial Sportsplex

Sports: Aquatics, Track & Field, Bocce, Powerlifting, Tennis and Volleyball

Before registering, please read the following information:

(A) You will be given the option to select your top 2 volunteer activity preferences out of 18 activities. Please know that every effort will be made to place you with one of your two preferences (although I might not be able to accommodate every request). Following is a summary of the different volunteer activities. Please note that the times below are not definitive and are subject to change based on event needs, weather and other unpredictable factors. Your volunteer times will be finalized and confirmed with you by myself or the Lead Volunteer of each activity within the next two weeks.

  Activity Day Approximate Time Description
1. Torch Run May 18th 4:30 pm – 6 pm Registration, course monitors, miscellaneous tasks
2. Opening Ceremony May 18th 5 pm – 8:30 pm Sit in the stands as fans for parade of athletes, miscellaneous tasks
3. Olympic Town May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Help monitor fun activities (e.g., inflatables, snow cone machines, etc)
4. Merchandise Sales May 19th Shift 1: 9 am – 11:30 am
Shift 2: 11:30 am – 2 pm
Shift 3: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sell SOTN State Summer Games merchandise
5. Marketing & Photographers May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Take photos and videos, get quick descriptions at events and bring back to Marketing Headquarters for social media posts, news media, and future feature stories
6. Aquatics May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Stagers, timers, awards
7. Powerlifting May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Spotters, trained IPF judges, awards
8. Running Long Jump May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Stagers, measuring
9. Softball Throw May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Stagers, measuring
10. Standing Long Jump May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Stagers, measuring
11. Track May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Timers, leg stagers, awards
12. Track Concessions May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Organize and hand out refreshments
13. Tennis May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Judges, scorekeepers, awards
14. Unified Volleyball May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Scorekeepers, line judges
15. Bocce May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Judges, scorekeepers, awards
16. Unified Bocce May 19th Shift 1: 8 am-12 pm
Shift 2: 12 pm - 4 pm
Judges, scorekeepers, awards
17. Young Athletes May 19th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Help organize track and field events for SOTN’s young athletes who are 2 ½ - 7 years old
18. Victory Celebration May 19th 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Monitor hospitality area, merchandise sales, and set-up/take down

(B) You will be asked if you are volunteering with a group or company. If this applies to you, please make sure to specify which group or company you are volunteering with or there will be no way to ensure you get placed with your group or company. It may be a good idea to come up with a “team name” so each individual who is part of that group/company can enter their team name in this section of the registration form. Every individual volunteer must register through this link – even if part of a group or company. Please follow the link below to register, or copy and paste the link into your web browser, to register as a volunteer for the state summer games.

https://specialolympicstn. kindful.com/register/2018- state-summer-games-volunteer- registration-2018

Thank you so much for your time and energy in volunteering to make this event so amazing for all involved. If you have any registration questions, please email me any time. As always, any question is a good question!

Sincerely,
Misty Germek
Volunteer Coordinator
SOTN - State Summer Games