In less than a month, more than 12-hundred Nebraska Special Olympic athletes will head to Omaha to compete in the Nebraska Summer Games. Katie Bowser is one of the organizers and says the only way they can pull off a huge event like this is with the help of Nebraskans from all across the state. She says they need volunteers to perform a number of duties that range from timing track and field events, awarding medals, selling merchandise and setting up facilities.
Bowser says you do not need prior experience to help as they provide the training for all of the events. Volunteers will be trained prior to assisting in one of the many athletic events that include golf, roller skating, swimming and gymnastics. About 500 volunteers are needed for the event.
About 1,200 athletes will be in Omaha to compete at the summer games. There are 4,000 total Special Olympic athletes in the state of Nebraska and eight sporting competitions each year.