FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Last Friday and Saturday, the Northern Arizona football, volleyball and soccer teams volunteered with the Special Olympics Winter Games here in Flagstaff at a variety of locations. In all, 25 student-athletes volunteered a total of 94.5 hours over the two days.
"I love volunteering at the Special Olympics events because we are able to engage with the athletes and I love how competitive it is each year," said junior defensive back Blake Bailey. "I also enjoy giving back to the community by volunteering and making these events worthwhile for the athletes."
The football team worked the speed skating event at the Jay Lively Activity Center where they assisted with keeping times while cheering on the athletes and passing out medals. The volleyball team helped set up the Opening Ceremonies at Sinagua Middle School. Meanwhile the soccer team kept time and cheered on the athletes at the snowshoeing event at Sinagua and also worked the alpine skiing event at Snowbowl.
The football team completed 42.5 hours total, the soccer team completed 46 hours over the course of two days and the volleyball team assisted with six hours at the opening ceremonies set-up.