What do I mean, volunteering...you're on vacation to relax and have fun, right? What's this volunteering thing have to do with that?
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World plays hosts to lots of sporting events, from the hugely popular runDisney endurance races like the Disney Marathon to track & field, soccer, Special Olympics and even field hockey events. And the one thing all these events have in common is the need for hundreds of volunteers to help out so all the games, races and other activities can occur without a hitch. Sure, there's lots of locals that like to volunteer for these events, but there's always plenty of room for visitors as well.
|My sister-in-law and I volunteering at the bag check station for last January's 5K|
|Here I am volunteering at the Expedition Everest Challenge Family Edition event-I helped set up the medal racks, then worked the food table handing out snacks for participants once they finished the race|
|Wouldn't you love to get a free park ticket just for volunteering your time?|
My friends on the Running of the Ears website/forum (a group of really fun people who like to run Disney races and support each other while doing so) know I love to head to WDW for their races, but you know--I'm actually getting more addicted to volunteering while I'm there! Want to check out the volunteer opportunities? Click here to see the Disney Sports Volunteer page for a listing of events and to register. But be sure to keep checking back on their page-many events will fill up fast, some even on the day they open for registration! It is possible to get put on a wait list if you don't get in, and quite often those on the wait list are needed to fill in last minute spots, call-outs and no-shows. Be aware though, there is a minimum age to volunteer...and you can't bring younger children along with you. The youngest age I've seen is 12 to be able to volunteer.
So if you're looking for a different kind of experience while at Walt Disney World, be sure to check out the volunteer opportunities with Disney Sports to see if there are any events going on while you're there...you'll be glad you did!
Have you ever volunteered at an event while at WDW? How was your experience?
**Feedback requested-I'm an Annual Passholder, so since I don't need the park ticket for myself, I'm thinking of making part of the August giveaway. So what do you think, would you want to win a one-day, one-park ticket? It is not upgradable since it is a comp ticket. I'll be announcing the August giveaway within the next week, so any feedback would be appreciated!**