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Special Olympics New York looking for volunteers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — More than 500 athletes will be returning to Syracuse for the Special Olympic winter games in February.

And they need the public’s help to make it happen as they’re looking for hundreds of volunteers.

It’s happening February 23 and 24 and will feature four sports: alpine skiing, figure skating, snowshoeing, and new this year — floorball.

They’re asking for help with a wide variety of positions, from setting up to breaking everything down.

“We just can’t do our competitions without our volunteers, so it’s really everything from timekeeping, scorekeeping, being an athlete escort, helping us provide meals,” said Stacey Hengsterman, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The athletes are spending two nights in Syracuse, so all of the things about a weekend stay. We want to support them and do that.”

You must be 13 years or older to volunteer, and you will be trained.

If you’re interested in volunteering, click HERE.

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