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Proposal

Special Olympics Track and Field

15 hours


Beginning date:
2020-05-02
Ending Date:
2020-05-02

Service-Learning Proposal Description

1.

Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer Make a Difference. Be a Volunteer. We’re looking for friendly people who’d like to volunteer for a worthy cause. Nearly 300 Special Olympics athletes from Northwest Wisconsin will be competing at this regional track and field event and we need your help.

2.

What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.

3.

What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Come out and support Special Olympics by volunteering in different areas at a track meet. Ability to be outside in different weather climates and stand for long periods of time. Bring a positive attitude and be ready to cheer on the athletes.

4.

What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer Learn how to interact with athletes of all (dis)abilites and see how a track and field meet runs. Students will be working in all areas of the event and having interactions with the athletes. This is a great opportunity for the community to see what the athletes can do as this is one of the most popular sports for our athletes.

5.

What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer Volunteer Jobs and Shifts: Setup (7:30am-9:30am) – Volunteers will help set up tents, signage, tables, and chairs, fill water jugs, and deliver equipment to the appropriate event area. They will also sort the athlete meals and group them by agency. Volunteer Registration (8:30am-1:00pm) – Volunteers will sign in all volunteers, give them a t-shirt, and direct them to their assigned area. Softball Throw (9:00am-11:30am) – This is a developmental field event where athletes will have three trials to throw a softball as far as they can. Volunteers will stage athletes, measure distances, record scores, and escort athletes to awards when they are finished. Mini Javelin (9:00am-11:30am) – This is a field event where athletes will have three trials to throw a miniature javelin as far as they can. Volunteers will stage athletes, measure distances, record scores, and escort athletes to awards when they are finished. Shot Put (9:00am-11:30am) – This is a field event where athletes will have three trials to put a shot as far as they can with correct technique. Volunteers will stage athletes, measure distances, record scores, and escort athletes to awards when they are finished. Souvenirs (9:00am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-4:00pm) – Volunteers will display and sell Special Olympics Wisconsin merchandise. Awards (9:30am-1:00pm, 12:45pm-4:15pm) – Volunteers will collect award sheets, verify that the placements are correct, locate the corresponding ribbons in the binders, and put on the labels. Long Jump (11:15am-1:15pm) – In this field event athletes will participate in either the running or standing long jump. Volunteers will stage athletes, measure distances, rake the sand pits, record scores, and escort athletes to awards when they are finished. Track Stager (11:30am-4:00pm) – Volunteers will be at the start line placing athletes in the correct divisions. Track Walker (11:30am-4:00pm) – Volunteers will be at the finish line to escort athletes to awards as athletes finish their races. Track Timer (11:30am-4:00pm) – Volunteers will be assigned a lane before each race and use a stopwatch to time that lane from the finish line. Wheelchair Events (1:15pm-2:00pm) – Assist with staging and timing on the track for wheelchair athletes. *Please do not register for overlapping shifts*

6.

Additional information (not required).

Answer Please contact Michaela Harrison at MHarrison@SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org or 715-833-0833 with questions. Sign up today! https://www.specialolympicswisconsin.org/volunteer-events/2020-r3-regional-track-and-field-chippewa-falls/