Last year’s Terrace Special Olympians at basketball practice.

Local Special Olympians looking for volunteers

Experience in sports – or even being a great athlete – isn't necessary to help out the group

Do you need an excuse to get active and contribute to the community?

Consider volunteering with the local Special Olympics squad.

Their season is about to begin, and they’re on the hunt for new coaches and volunteers.

“It is not necessary that volunteers have experience in sports or be a great athlete themselves but the desire to support and have enthusiasm for helping and supporting our athletes with direction from the coach,” said Jo Buck, Local Coordinator, Special Olympics Terrace, Local 7A.

“I believe that volunteers should feel confident and comfortable in what they are doing as well.”

The group has a variety of sports a volunteer can choose from: 5-pin bowling, swimming, curling, and basketball during the winter.

“We need volunteers the most for bowling and basketball,” she said.

Soccer starts the beginning of May and goes to mid-September. Occasionally in the spring, the group also has bocce ball.

Practices are held every week from the end of October usually until the end of March depending on finances, she said.

Practices are on set days during the week usually around 3 to 5 p.m., with the exception of swimming, which is in the evening.

“It is our hope that volunteers attend their chosen sport(s) as regularly as possible. This is to familiarize themselves with our athletes, other volunteers and coaches and of course to join us again for the next sport season,” said Buck.

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