Volunteers wanted for Special Olympics

Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Alaska Special Olympics Winter Games in Anchorage aren't until March 11, 2006, but the organization's new director says the time has come to recruit volunteers and coaches to help make the event successful for the Kenai Peninsula.

Stephanie Crosby said the organization can use coaches for all events.

"Anybody with any amount of experience and background in events can help," she said.

Crosby took over the position of director Jan. 1 and said she plans to increase community in-volvement and volunteerism.

"If we don't have the coaches, we can't do this at all," she said.

The director's position for Special Olympics Alaska is temporary until she is re-evaluated in six months. For now, Crosby will put her efforts toward making the Special Olympics on the central peninsula more known to the public with a goal of getting more community participation.

"Keeping the community involved and informed has been weak, so I want to make this more of a community effort so people know what's going on," she said.

Crosby said the director's position is a busy job with no pay and lots of work. She juggles this with her paid job at Frontier Community Services, where she teaches daily life skills to people with disabilities.

"You have to have a passion and have to want to help people," she said. "Working with the people I work with daily made me want to help out."

To raise money for the games, state law enforcement will hold its annual 5 kilometer torch run May 21. More information can be found at www.special-olympicsalaska.org.

People interested in volunteering for the Special Olym-pics should contact Crosby at 252-7625.

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