Volunteers Urgently Needed for Special Olympics New York State Games in Ithaca on June 25

More Than 300 Volunteer Jobs Need to Be Filled to Support Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities 

Ithaca, NY – With its largest statewide competition of the year just one week away, Special Olympics New York today renewed its call to the Ithaca community for volunteers.

Volunteers are asked to register here.

More than 300 volunteer jobs have yet to be filled to support more than 1,150 Special Olympics athletes and coaches competing in State Summer Games on Saturday, June 25. Officials say the greatest needs are the following: 

  • Referees for basketball and track & field competitions
  • Escorts at various sporting venues to ensure athletes arrive at their events on time
  • Timers and linesmen for various sports
  • Staging setup and breakdown at several competition sites

Aside from volunteer officials, no sports experience is necessary. Volunteers will be trained on site.  

Aquatics, basketball, tennis, powerlifting, gymnastics, and volleyball are all on-site at Ithaca College (953 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850). Track & field (athletics) will be held at Ithaca High School (1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850). Bowling will be held at Midway Lanes (213 N Jensen Rd, Vestal, NY 13850).

Please click here to register to volunteer. 


 About Special Olympics New York 

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 31,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.