Volunteers needed for state Senior Olympics

The New Mexico Senior Olympics is looking for five hundred energetic volunteers to help the 2018 State Summer Games run like clockwork. Albuquerque is hosting the State Summer Games between July 18-22 in locations around the city, including the University of New Mexico, Balloon Fiesta Park, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, Balloon Fiesta Park and the Jerry Cline Complex.  Wendy Luck, the volunteer coordinator for New Mexico Senior Olympics, explained that volunteers sign up for at least one four-hour shift in one of several areas, events game support, fruit and water distribution, souvenir sales, posting results and athlete check-in. All volunteers will be provided with advance training during one the orientation session. Some volunteer assignments require to interact directly with athletes participating in the 24 sporting events and may require specific technical skills or prior knowledge of the sport.

Luck said she is hoping that groups of volunteers from civic organization, non-profit groups and clubs that need to fulfill outreach hours will sign up to help with the games. It is easy to sign up a group.  All volunteers must be at 16 years old to participate, will receive a T-shirt, certificate and an invitation to attend a Summer Games kick-off party. Volunteers who participate in the 2018 State Summer Games may also have an opportunity to participate in the much larger 2019 National Senior Games, which are being held for the first time in Albuquerque June 14-25, 2019. For the National Senior Games, which attracts athletes from around the country, Luck said she will need 3500 game volunteers. Organizers are expecting 10,500 athletes, plus an additional 15,000 friends and family members to attend the National Senior Games.

Those who want to volunteer need to sign up online. Go to nmseniorolympics.org and Click on the “Volunteers” tab in the upper right hand corner. From there, Click on the link to pull up the directions to register. If you need assistance with the online sign up process, call Wendy Luck directly at 505-210-1930 or visit any Senior Center and request assistance with technology.     

The State Summer Games is a 24-sport annual competition for men and women age 50 and over. It is the largest multi-sport competition in New Mexico for active seniors. Athletes compete in 5-year age divisions.  Sports include Air Gun, Archery, Badminton, Basketball Freethrow, Bowling, Cycling, Dance, Disc Golf,       8-Ball Pool, Frisbee, Golf, Horseshoes, Huachas, Pickleball, Power Walk, Racewalk, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Soccer Kick, Softball Throw, Swimming, Table Tennis, Talent, Tennis, Track & Field and Triathlon.  There is no pre-qualifying to register for the State Games.  

New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. is dedicated to provide adults 50 + with opportunities for a healthy active lifestyle.