GILLETTE (WNE) — More volunteers are needed to help run the Special Olympics Wyoming State Summer Games run smoothly this weekend. The state games, state softball and high school graduations …
GILLETTE (WNE) — More volunteers are needed to help run the Special Olympics Wyoming State Summer Games run smoothly this weekend. The state games, state softball and high school graduations are all in town this weekend, so volunteer numbers have been slow to come in.
The three-day event will feature athletes from across the state in track and field, swimming, power lifting and basketball. Organizers are hoping the number of volunteers who were signed up by Friday doubles by the time the games begin Thursday.
Although volunteers are welcome any day, Phil Grabrick, Gillette Special Olympics coordinator, said Saturday tends to be a difficult day to fill up because high school students who volunteer during school days have their own activities on the weekend.
Volunteer positions include timing for track and field, leading athletes to award stands, clean up and set up for all activities, serving dinners and lunches for the athletes and refereeing basketball games. For a complete list of volunteer positions and times check tinyurl.com/yzwsw35d.
“(Volunteers) can also show up to an event day-of to help,” Grabrick said. “They may have a little paperwork to do but that’s it.”
The games are set up at different venues around town — Campbell County High School, Thunder Basin High School, the Campbell County Rec Center and Campbell County Aquatic Center.
The opening ceremony and banquet and dance take place in the Cam-plex Central Pavilion.
The games were originally slated to come to Gillette in 2020 and 2021 but were delayed due to COVID. The games will be back again in 2024 and Grabrick said venues are already being reserved for those dates.