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Founded and built by volunteers, Special Olympics NY is an example of the impact that volunteers can make in their community by putting their time and expertise to use to socially benefit others. We have 3 categories of volunteers for our State Games:
Service Volunteers get their hands dirty! Non-sport volunteers help with set-up, clean-up, food service, ceremonies, housing support, registration and administrative work, among other tasks. Sport-specific volunteers serve as starters, timers, linesmen, results runners, spotters, and in many more roles required to make every event run smoothly. All of these volunteers must be age 13 or older-and kids ages 13 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fans in the stands cheer loud and proud! At state-level competitions, these dedicated volunteers make sure that every athlete is buoyed by positive, thrilling support-whether their family is present or not. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to cheer and to visit the fan stations to make signs and boost the electric atmosphere even higher!
Social ambassadors capture and share the moment! From various event venues, social media enthusiasts make a point to snap photos, write captions and share the excitement of the day using the event hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.