Organizers of Special Olympics Summer Games enter final 30 day push

By Jill Sperling
June 6, 2017 - 5:00pm Updated: June 6, 2017 - 5:57pm

KAMLOOPS — The opening of the Special Olympics BC Summer Games is only one month away, and it's crunch time for organizers of the event. 

According to Lois McNary, SOBC Vice President of Sport, travel arrangements are in place for the 1,300 athletes, and 350 coaching and mission staff. 

McNary says the organizing committee is now dealing with last minute details to make the games a success. 

"Making sure we have enough food to feed everyone, that all of the accommodation sites are set and ready to go, the transportation's in place, just all the last minute things over the next month that we need to do," McNary said. "Setting up our volunteer orientation, all of that is what they're working on right now for this final 30 day push." 

The games will require the help of around 1,000 volunteers, but with only 30 days left to go, only half the volunteer positions have been filled. 

Volunteers are still needed to serve meals, time the swimming events, and provide general information to athletes. 

"Anybody in the city would be able to fulfill those roles," McNary said. "We hope that in this last month, actually in the next two weeks, we hope to hit at least 800, but we'd love to hit the full thousand." 

Anyone wishing to get involved can contact the Sports Council office at 250-828-3822, or register online. 

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