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Volunteer Registration is Open Now!

Volunteers for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games: February 7-13, 2009 in Boise, ID

July 22, 2008


From Backyard Camp to Global Movement: The Beginnings of Special Olympics

The global Special Olympics movement got its start on 20 July 1968, when the First International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA.  This event drew 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada, the International Winter Special Olympics Games did not begin until 1977.  The concept of Special Olympics was born much earlier, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities at her home in 1962.  However, with the leadership and support the Special Olympics movement gave to the notion of an International Winter Special Olympics Games, it wasn’t long before the thought grew into a reality.

The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Idaho, USA involving up to 3,000 athletes from more than 100 countries for the largest multi-day winter sporting event in Idaho history.   The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games will require 6,000 volunteers with and willing to share a common goal of creating the best possible experience for all participants and increasing public awareness regarding the gifts of individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Volunteer today and make a difference!

Click here for Volunteer Registration

As a volunteer, you will be required to:

  • Commit to working four 6-8 hour shifts
  • Attend pre-games training sessions

Please plan to register early so you can get the job you are interested in. Over 6,000 volunteers are needed to make the games possible.

Volunteer positions include:

  • Accreditation
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Awards
  • Ceremonies
  • Communications
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Delegation Services
  • Family Services
  • Food Service
  • Figure Skating
  • Floor Hockey
  • Honored Guests
  • Hospitality
  • Information Services
  • Language Services
  • Media
  • Medical
  • Merchandise
  • Public Relations
  • Receptions
  • Security
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowboarding
  • Speed Skating
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Venue Logistics
  • Volunteer Services

If you have translation services to offer, either for printed materials or in person, please send your contact information to languageservices@2009WorldGames.org.
For any questions, please contact volunteer@2009WorldGames.org or the volunteer hotline at +1 (208) 377-7199.

For additional information, please contact Faye Baxter at faye.baxter@hp.com


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