Special Olympics: What to Expect

by: Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
On Saturday, Shorecrest will host the Special Olympics Florida Hillsborough and Pinellas County Fall Classic featuring competition in flag football, softball, and powerlifting. More than 300 Special Olympics athletes, coaches, and Unified partners will participate in the day’s competition. The event will be staffed by more than 150 Chargers, faculty, staff and parent volunteers from Shorecrest thanks to leadership from Upper School Student Council and US Admin. 

In addition to enjoying a day of competition, the athletes, volunteers, and spectators can enjoy food from local food trucks and a volunteer-created Olympic Village featuring games, prizes, music, and more. Each volunteer will also receive a free lunch and t-shirt from Special Olympics Florida. 

Shorecrest campus (Haskell Field, Athletic Center, Softball Field, MS Quad, MS Breezeway, etc.)

Volunteer Parking: 
  • Carpooling, walking and cycling are encouraged due to limited parking. 
  • Satellite parking will be available for volunteers at Faith Covenant Church, 150 62nd Ave NE (at the corner north of Shorecrest at First Street/62nd Ave NE.) Please follow guidance from parking attendants and use the grass in front or grass across the street, not the church parking spots. 
  • Shuttles will be running all day between the church parking lot and Shorecrest. 
  • Students who email proof of carpooling, walking, being dropped off or riding their bike to volunteer will receive an additional hour of service. More details were provided via email to student volunteers.

Schedule of Events: Saturday, September 24 
7:20am - First shift volunteer Orientation Begins
8:15am - Opening Ceremony on Haskell Field
9am - Competitions begin
9am-1pm - Olympic Village is open with fun and games
8:15-3:30pm - Spectators may cheer on events! Hang out before/after your volunteer shift to encourage the athletes!
Softball and flag football run until around 12:30. Powerlifting should go until after 3pm. (There are no closing ceremonies, awards are distributed throughout as events end.) 

Volunteer Call Times: 
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your volunteer shift and check in at the Crisp Gym in the Athletic Center. Remember to give yourself time to park and arrive at the Gym. Please bring a photo ID with you. If you have waivers completed in advance you’ll save time! Special Olympics T-shirts will be available for volunteers in the Gym as well.
What to Bring:
Water bottles will be available or bring your own to fill in the Crisp Gym.
Many events will be outdoors so dress appropriately: hat, sunscreen, etc.
Volunteers will receive a lunch from Special Olympics, or bring snacks/cash for food trucks. 

Student Volunteers - Stacy Alexander - salexander@shorecrest.org 
Adult Volunteers - Olivia Segalman - osegalman@shorecrest.org 

** Late shift adult volunteers are still needed to help as parking attendees on campus please. **

Thank you for donated items from:
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