Volunteer slots at X Games open up | AspenTimes.com

Volunteer slots at X Games open up

ESPN is seeking people to fill more than 700 volunteer positions for Winter X Games VIII, which will be held the last weekend in January at Buttermilk.

“Going into our third year in Aspen, we already have a great volunteer base of very talented and dedicated volunteers. But, just as our event expands every year, we are looking to expand our volunteer program,” said Sharon Walsh, ESPN’s manager of volunteer services.

Volunteers are needed from Jan. 22-27.

The primary function of a volunteer, according to ESPN, is to assist the spectators and credentialed guests during the event. Volunteers are expected to be “proactive, helpful and knowledgeable hosts” to spectators during their visit at the Winter X Games, according to a press release from ESPN.

Several daylong volunteer positions are available including: hospitality, crowd control, ushering, access control and credential checking. For the most dedicated volunteers – those willing to volunteer all six days from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – there is the XCEL program. XCEL volunteers will receive a Winter X Games VIII token of appreciation.

Businesses that donate items to be entered into the volunteer raffle will gain exposure by having their company name included on the volunteer Web site and the on-site jumbotron at Winter X Games VIII. Local business can download the donation form at http://www.xgamesvolunteers.com.

All volunteers will have access to free apparel, sponsor goody bags, snacks and refreshments and will also receive an invitation to the private volunteer appreciation party.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age by January 20, 2004. To sign up as a volunteer, log on to http://www.xgamesvolunteers.com. All applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

ESPN, best known for its 24-hour sports and sports news broadcasts, first developed its X Games franchise in 1995.

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