Keep the X Games volunteer friendly
Dear Editor:It has come to my attention that ESPN has decided to not use its well known volunteer program for the Summer X Games. After some inquiries, I have found out that, as of this moment, its has also suspended its volunteer program for the Winter X Games as well! I realize that this is not public knowledge at this point, but I have been in touch with ESPN personnel who have confirmed this with me.For me personally, the games remind me each year why I began coming to Aspen to see the most exclusive extreme winter sports event in the nation! With family in the area, and that as something to do for a week, it was a magical experience! Since then, Ive volunteered for the past six Winter X Games and have made some great acquaintances along the way, and even more memories that I will never forget. To think of ESPN removing the X Games from the people who run the event is pretty disappointing; especially considering that all of the volunteers are paid!I would like to encourage anyone who has been a part of the games, who wants to be a part of the Winter X Games or who was planning on being a part of the games, to fill out a petition I have created online to show ESPN what the X Games volunteer program means to the people who have been there year after year! The petition is located at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/xgamesvolunteers/.Please help us spread the word about this so that ESPN will reinstate its volunteer program and keep the X Games as a part of the people!Bryan StinchfieldAspen
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