Come Join Our Team as a Volunteer!
The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged has been a great success for many years due to the knowledge, dedication, and commitment of our volunteers.
There is an opportunity for everyone! From running an event, keeping score or timing a race to handing out awards. The smile on the faces of these fine athletes as they cross the finish line or receive their first medal is a gratification you will remember for years to come.
Below are the available volunteer opportunities and a brief description of the duties involved. There is an appropriate volunteer form (pdf) to be downloaded, filled out, and delivered. Please fill out the form completely, including the waiver.
Return completed forms to:
Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, The College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420
Fax to (888) 863-749
You will be contacted by October 10th to let you know if your application has been accepted and which events & activities you have been scheduled to work.
What Our Volunteers Do
Officials: Officiate track events, field events, and swimming events (see Officials Registration & Waiver Form for more details of days and times). Please use this Official’s Form to apply. If you are not a certified official, please look below for other opportunities to work for a sport.
Athlete Buddies: Work one on one with an athlete for the entire day. You are to be a friend and to assist your athlete in any way you can (your athlete will let you know how much assistance he/she needs). You will assist in getting your athlete to his/her scheduled competitions on time, try the various demonstrations and share lunch together. Important: You must be available for the entire time Friday from 9:00am – 2:30PM. Buddy Form & Waiver
Interpreters: Interpreters are needed at all event stations to interpret for our deaf and hearing-impaired athletes.Volunteer Registration Form & Waiver
Medical: Please see Volunteer Registration Form & Waiver (Certification required)
How to Get Involved
For the committees listed below, please use the Volunteer Registration Form & Waiver to apply.
Awards: Awarding medals to individual athletes and packing awards for schools.
Athlete Registration: Verify athlete registration; distribute ID cards, setup/tear down registration area. It must be available by 8:00 am on Friday.
Clean-Up: Friday and Saturday – clean up during and at the conclusion of all events – track, pool area, gyms, registration area, demonstration area, refreshment areas especially after lunch.
Commodities: Distribution of athlete uniforms and Volunteer shirts. It must be available by 8:00 am on both days.
Demonstrations: Assist at a specific demonstration by providing instruction, encouraging participants, ensuring the safety of the children, and assist with setup/clean-up of the area.
Equipment/Setup: Setup/Teardown slalom/demonstration areas; distribute all equipment needed for competitions/demonstrations. 7:30am – 2:30pm
Field Events: Assist officials, measuring, recording, retrieve implements, etc… Setup/clean-up of field event equipment. Must be available for a full shift. Must be available 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Slalom: Setup and clean-up of the slalom course area; assisting athletes through the course. Set up Thursday evening at 8:00 pm. Competition 10:30am – 2:30pm
Statistics: Record accurate competition results, assign standings, route information to Awards. Volunteers must have knowledge of classifications.
Swimming: Assist with organization of events, assist athletes in the pool, swimming buddy. Must be available Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.
Track: Assist with clerking for track races, help with the line-up of athletes, guide runners for the blind and visually impaired. Must be available 10:30am -2:30pm
Volunteer Registration: Verify volunteer registration, distribute ID tags, commodities. Setup / tear down of the registration area. Must be available Friday at 8:00 am.
Venue Addresses: Opening Ceremonies will take place on Friday October 18th in the Tuttle North Gyms beginning at 10am. Events will follow at 11am in the SERC building with a few events outdoors on the field directly behind the SERC.
It is recommended that volunteers bring appropriate clothing to wear in case of rain. Generally, events will be held in their planned locations rain or shine.