Special Olympics seeking volunteers for upcoming event

Special Olympics Basketball and CheerleadingHays, KS – Special Olympics Athletes from Kansas are preparing for the annual Basketball & Cheerleading Competition at Gross Memorial Coliseum, Hays High School and Hays Recreation Center on March 20-22  Last year 1190 athletes formed 125 basketball teams and 20 cheerleading squads to compete in the 2 ½ day tournament.

Scheduled are 150 games to be played during the three day competition and over 450 volunteers will be needed.  Volunteers are utilized at all locations hosting the events. Specific needs are:
  • Thursday – 12:15-4:00 p.m.  Assist with skills
  • Friday-Saturday – Forty volunteers are utilized every 45 minutes on Friday from 7:30-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:30-2:00 p.m.  Needed are scorekeepers.
Shiela Rehder, Games Chair stated, “You do not have to be a basketball player to help. Volunteer training is offered at the event and does not require specialized skills or ability to shoot three-pointers.  It just takes a big heart with a matching smile, a few hours, and the ability to hand out a lot of high fives to athletes.”
Call the Hays Rec Commission at 785-623-2650 or sign up online at www.ksso.org/volunteer