Mark your calendars for the 2013 Games - June 7-9, 2013
Indiana State is proud to be the birthplace of Special Olympics in the state of Indiana.
From a gathering of a few dozen individuals at Indiana State on June 6, 1969, Special Olympics Indiana has grown to more than 10,000 athletes and 7,000 volunteers statewide. Indiana has played an integral role in the history of the organization, hosting the Summer Games 41 out of 43 years and hosting the organization’s Men’s State Basketball Tournament since 1971.
In addition to hosting the Men’s Basketball Tournament and Summer Games, Indiana State is one of 10 sites for Polar Plunge, an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Indiana that takes place during the month of February. The Terre Haute Plunge takes place in conjunction with Sycamore Hoopla on the patio of Hulman Center. The 2012 Terre Haute Plunge drew a record number of 150 people who braved the 22-degree weather to dive into our pool, raising a record $19,345.10!
It would be impossible for Summer Games to be a success without the countless hours that are donated by volunteers, including the Indiana State University, every year. Special Olympics Indiana is now recruiting for approximately 1,200 volunteers to assist with its largest sports event of the year, which will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., on June 7-9. This three-day event features more than 2,600 Special Olympics athletes competing in eight different sports: aquatics, bocce, bowling, cycling, horseshoes, powerlifting, track & field, and volleyball.
There are opportunities for everyone to volunteer! Volunteers are needed to assist with competitions (aquatics, bocce, bowling, horseshoes, track & field – limited, volleyball), registration, special events (Olympic Town, souvenirs, etc.) and more. Click here to learn more about Summer Games.
Shifts are as follows:
- Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – noon, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – noon
To register, click here. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by Friday, May 17th.
All volunteers will receive a complimentary volunteer t-shirt that they will wear as they volunteer, and then will be able to keep as a souvenir. Volunteers must show photo ID at registration; if minors do not have photo ID, that is okay.
About Special Olympics Indiana
Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 11,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal- or state-appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations.