Join CCF at the Special Olympics Summer Games

May 19, 2019

Once again, Carrington Charitable Foundation, The Carrington Companies, and Vylla are supporting the Special Olympics Summer Games, June 8-9 at California State University, Long Beach. We’d usually be asking for volunteer sign-ups at this point, but all the spots have been filled, reports Julie Beamish, VP, Operations, for Vylla (she coordinates volunteers for these games every year). That’s a gold medal effort, everyone!

This is the eighth year in a row that Carrington Associate volunteers will be on the scene, helping more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete in track and field, swimming, bocce ball, flag football and other sports. These games are one of four annual championships held at the end of each sport season, with athletes coming from all over Southern California.

Special Olympics, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions for more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries.

“The heart, passion, and dedication of Special Olympic athletes inspire us all,” says Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations for CCF. “We look forward to another great year supporting them at the 2019 Special Olympics Summer Games with our amazing Carrington volunteers who help make this event so special for all the athletes.”

If you didn’t grab an official volunteer spot before the deadline, there are still opportunities to be Fans in the Stands – volunteers who do not need to register online. Fans in the Stands will be directed to the fan zone on each day of the games to pick up cheer signs, after which you’ll head to the venue of your choice to root for the athletes. Stay for an hour or all day. Taking a little time out of your life to encourage these competitors helps to make for a great time in their lives.

“Come join the fun at the Summer Games,” says Julie Beamish. “It’s a high-energy event that will surely inspire you, while supporting the athletes as they compete and go for the gold!”