Volunteers still needed for Special Olympics Tuesday in Rock Hill

The Area 11 Special Olympics at Cherry Park in Rock Hill.
The Area 11 Special Olympics at Cherry Park in Rock Hill. aburriss@heraldonline.com

The Area 11 Special Olympics games are Tuesday at Rock Hill’s Cherry Park, and organizers say they could still use more volunteers.

The games feature more than 1,000 athletes from York, Chester and Lancaster counties in an event that is the largest single athlete-volunteer gathering in York County each year. The event has been going on since 1968 and features children and adults with disabilities.

“We always need anywhere from 800 to 900 volunteers and although we seem every year to have enough by the time we begin, we can always use more people to help these athletes have a great day of competing,” said Terry Hagen, recreation leader with Rock Hill’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Many businesses, agencies and civic groups send dozens of volunteers to help athletes with coordinating sites, games, events, awards and other support services.

The annual games open at 10 a.m and run through 1 p.m. Hagen said volunteers can register on-site from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. For information call 803-329-5658.