Olympia’s volunteerism at Special Olympics Summer games has become cemented in Olympia culture as an annual tradition. This June marked the fifth year of Olympia’s partnership with the organization, with Summer Games as the hallmark event for Olympia’s work with athletes with intellectual disabilities.
The event requires the donation of over 350 man-hours from our crew to transport equipment, move athletes in and out of their weekend accommodations, manage luggage, and break down the event. The Olympia team always looks forward to this opportunity to meet the athletes and play a small role in making their biggest competition of the year a success.
Our team assists in the whole week leading up to the games, picking up the equipment, food, and supplies for the competition.
The excitement then truly begins the day of the Game’s opening ceremonies, when the athletes arrive at the event. They are greeted by the Olympia Movers, who valet their luggage to their dorms.
Between competitions, Olympia’s “Are You Stronger Than An Olympia Mover?” hi-striker game has becoming a big hit with the athletes and their families – an impressive number have proved their strength by hitting the bell!
The weekend concludes with event break-down (including extremely heavy gymnastics equipment!) athlete-move out, luggage sorting, and delivering the luggage to families as they depart for home. We love asking athletes to show us their well-earned medals from the weekend!
We’re looking forward to participating in Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games next year and for many years to come!
To learn more about our year-round partnership with Special Olympics, visit http://www.olympiamoving.com/specialolympics