The South Texas Special Olympics is searching for students from Del Mar College to volunteer for upcoming events.

Del Mar College encourages their students to experience volunteer work and take advantage of the opportunity to help others and their community.

The Special Olympics, which originated in 1969, is an international organization that offers many opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities while participating in sports.

“Our goal is to promote inclusion and equity throughout sports across the globe and to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for everyone,” said Noah Willoughby, volunteer services manager of Special Olympics Texas.

Willoughby has mentioned that not only will students enjoy having fun but will also gain knowledge on awareness of intellectual disabilities.

Students who volunteer to work the events can participate by setting up the venue, score-keeper, referee or registration.

The number of volunteers differs for each event, although the Texas Special Olympics is “always open to adding spots,” Willoughby said.

“Anyone can do it who has a passion for the community we serve, the sports or just giving back,” he said.

Student volunteers can participate in all events and are encouraged for reoccurring participation.

The upcoming events include an area bowling competition Jan. 12-15, a basketball competition March 26 and swimming competition on April 22.

The Special Olympics not only provides volunteer work, but also internship opportunities in many fields of the organization.

Students who are interested can contact Willoughby at nwilloughby@sotx.org or Angela Brengman, programs director, at abrengman@sotx.org.

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