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Lending a Hand: Volunteer for the Special Olympics

Volunteering gives kids and adults the chance to do something bigger than ordinary life, to make a difference where it always goes noticed. This June, take the opportunity to volunteer at the New York or Connecticut Special Olympics 2012 Summer Games. The gesture may take a weekend trek away from home, but the value of lending a hand to the thousands of brave and breathtaking participating athletes will make a lasting memory for the whole family. Here are the important facts about the New York and Connecticut Summer Games and how you can get involved in making a big impact. New York State Summer Games June 15-17, 2012 Buffalo, New York Hosted by the University of Buffalo and surrounding community venues Volunteers needed for all posts, including but not limited to, Opening Ceremonies, set up, break down, and staffing athletic venues. Visit to apply and learn more Connecticut State Summer Games June 8-10, 2012 New Haven, Connecticut Hosted by Southern Connecticut State University and Hamden Hall Athletic Fields, Hamden Volunteers needed for the Summer Games and related community events surrounding the Games. Visit to apply and learn more • Check out our where-to guide for more ideas on volunteering with your children. • Read about the benefits of sports for children with special needs. • And stay tuned for more Olympics coverage in the June print issues of NYMetroParents. Click here for where to find us in your neighborhood.


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