Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Volunteers are needed for the 34th Annual Windham Invitational Special Olympics Swim Meet, which will be held on March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Windham High School on High Street in Willimantic. According to Eastern chemistry professor Charles Wynn, who has been the meet director for 18 years, more than 200 athletes with disabilities from Connecticut and Massachusetts are expected to register for the competition.
"Volunteers are the backbone of this event," said Wynn. "Approximately 350 volunteers are needed to continue to make this event the largest and most successful Special Olympics Swim Meet in Connecticut. The greatest need is for one-to-one partners, where participants are paired with their own special partner for the day. Partners make sure athletes get to their registered events, cheer them on, and get them involved in activities when they are not swimming. Volunteers are also needed in areas such as sports clinics, food service and water safety." All volunteers will be provided with lunch from McDonald's and a souvenir Windham Special Olympics T-shirt. Volunteer registration forms can be picked up in Goddard Hall, Room 114 on the Easter's campus. This activity is approved for community service credit. Additional information as well as volunteer registration forms are available at http://windhaminvitationalswimmeet.weebly.com./.