Special Olympics Texas Needs Volunteers for 2021 Summer Games at Morgan’s Wonderland

Conducting sports competitions, staffing support services among volunteer opportunities



SAN ANTONIO – Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is looking for a few good volunteers.

“Actually, we’re seeking approximately 3,000 volunteers for SOTX’s 2021 Summer Games that will be held Sept. 19 through 21 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio – Inclusion City, USA,” said Jennifer Brown, SOTX volunteer services manager.  “This is such a wonderful, inspiring event, so we anticipate volunteer slots will fill up fast on a first-come, first-served basis.”
Pinch-A-Penny-Pool-Patio-Spa is the presenting sponsor for the games that will be headquartered at Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first theme park designed with individuals with special needs in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment in an atmosphere of inclusion.
SOTX anticipates almost 2,000 athletes from all across Texas who will compete, so volunteer support in numerous capacities such as officials, scorekeepers, athlete escorts and award presenters will be needed, Brown said.  Competitions will be held in athletics (track and field), soccer, cycling and tennis. 
Volunteers also will be needed for support services such as staffing the Athlete Village, the Healthy Athletes exhibition at the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton USA (CRIT), meal distribution and merchandise outlets.
To volunteer, interested individuals can access SOTX’s registration pages at www.sotx.org/summergames.
“By joining the 2021 Summer Games page and clicking on any of the events listed, prospective volunteers are able to see the shift day and time, see how many remaining positions there are and sign up for themselves,” Brown explained.  “We ask that each person register individually or add additional volunteers on to their registration in order to keep track of numbers of people coming.”
Questions about volunteering for the Summer Games can be directed to Brown at jbrown@sotx.org.
Opening ceremonies for the 2021 Summer Games will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Toyota Field, adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland.  All athletes will parade into the stadium with their teams and will be formally introduced to the crowd before the torch – Flame of Hope – is passed and the cauldron is lit, signifying the official start of the Games.  The Guardians of the Flame will be members of Texas law enforcement agencies, and the torch bearers will be athletes from five Texas regions.
Another high point will be the inaugural Infinitus (meaning “unlimited”) Games from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 19 and 20, at new Morgan’s Wonderland Camp, 23400 Cibolo Vista.  The Infinitus Games will offer athletes ages 3 and older, who because of their physical and/or developmental abilities, the opportunity to work on foundational motor skills to prepare them for possible competition in official SOTX events.


About Morgan’s Wonderland

Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland, which is completely wheelchair-accessible, spreads out over 25 acres at 5223 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio and offers more than 25 attractions for guests of all ages and abilities.  The success of Morgan’s Wonderland has led to creation of Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative, which coordinates fundraising, planning and communications among all Morgan’s Wonderland-related ventures including Morgan’s Inspiration Island, Morgan’s Wonderland Sports, Morgan’s Wonderland Camp and new endeavors such as the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland, or The MAC.  For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com, or call (210) 495-5888.

Contact Jessica Kilbane – (737) 867-9659, jkilbane@sotx.org; or
Bob McCullough, APR, Fellow PRSA – (210) 495-5888, bmccullough@MorgansWonderland.com.

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.