On Sunday, April 7th I volunteered for the Texas Senior Games at their Track & Field event from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. I was assigned to update the race results at the medal table and post the results for the athletes to see. My job mostly consisted of running back and forth from the press box to receive the results. This is the last Senior Games event I am able to volunteer for and I look forward to making time for next years games!
On April 5th I volunteered at the Texas Senior Games during their Men's 3v3 basketball tournament. I spent the day carrying around boxes and waters as well as keeping team stats and running the game clock. The games throughout the day were competitive and fun to watch. I'd recommend volunteering for any of the Senior Games' events.
I had another great day volunteering at the Texas Senior Games. My job on the second day was a bit more involved. I was the scorekeeper/bookkeeper for court 1. There were games back to back non-stop and I was paired with Pam the kind Trinity grad who I had met the day before and she was changing the visual flag board, while I updated her on the score. It was a bit tricky the first game to get the hang of things because the referee had a certain way she wanted me to tally points and since things move so fast in volleyball you have to pay constant attention to who is serving and what team gets what point. However, after the first game I got the hang of recording the scores and paying close attention to the game.
I really enjoyed being able to play a critical role in helping keep score, but also getting to watch the men play volleyball at the same time. I encountered the same friendliness from the participants as the day before, most of the guys were 50-70 years old and very nice and funny. Many had been playing volleyball since college and they were very appreciative to all the volunteers who were there to help out. I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering at the two Texas Senior Games and I want to continue volunteering at more of their events in the future because I got recommendations from others in terms of sports that are incredible to see the skill that seventy-year old's can maintain. Next, I think I will try to volunteer at Track and Field and Basketball and I hope I encounter some of the kind people I met this weekend.
Over the weekend I was able to volunteer for two events with the Texas Senior Games. I spent my Saturday watching the 60+ age group hit dingers in the softball tournament, and then consequently chasing down said dingers in the parking lot. On Sunday, I watched as nearly 30 marksmen took aim during the archery competition and assisted in finding the arrows that missed their target. These were the first two of many events I plan on attending during this year's Senior Games.
I volunteered at the Softball Texas Senior Games. I had somehow never heard of the Texas Senior Games before stumbling upon these volunteering event opportunities posted on GivePulse. It was really awesome to see so many seventy-year-old men who were still competitively playing on sports teams and staying not only physically fit, but engaged with the world of sports. Everyone there was extremely friendly and I talked to some of the guys who were playing and they told me how they had been "playing ball since college" and I thought it was really awesome to see how they had found new teams and new friends through continuing to incorporate sport into their lives. The three other women I volunteered with were also very friendly. One was a woman who graduated from Trinity in '78 and we had a great conversation about her experience being in ROTC when it existed, and how much she loved her time there and all the people she met. Her name was Pam and she was very interested to hear about my time at Trinity and how things had changed, but also what I loved about the University and how many of the things I think makes Trinity incredible aligned with her opinions.
In regards to actual volunteering experiences, there were only four teams and three volunteers along with two staff members. I stayed an extra hour and a half because the games were delayed over an hour since the teams were only playing on one softball field because they wouldn't rent out the other fields since there were only four teams total. There weren't many tasks to do except for help give teams fruit, occasionally chase balls that were hit out of the field in a home run, and sell t-shirts. The good part about not being too busy was that it did allow me to engage with the participants and the other two volunteers and the two women who worked for Texas Senior Games, which I really enjoyed. I got to watch the games and see how the level of competition really varied based on the teams. There was one team that was incredible and I was amazed that everyone on the team was seventy years or older because of their speed and strength. Overall, I had a good experience and look forward to my next event with Texas Senior Games.
I volunteered to assist with the 2019 San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Gala's auction table. All patrons were dressed to the 'T', and it was my job to encourage bidding and answers any questions I could about the bidding process or the event itself.
I volunteered for the Kinetic Kidz Basketball program that lasted 6 weeks for 3 hours every Thursday. Having the opportunity and time to help the disadvantaged kids that KK serves is truly a highlight of my experience here at Trinity. I thoroughly enjoy watching the kids grow more comfortable with playing and seeing them excited to be enjoying sports without their limitations holding them back.
I volunteered to run the scoreboard and official score sheets for the 2019 Texas Senior Games Ladies three-on-three Basketball Tournament. This is the second year I have volunteered for this event, and I was even more impressed than the first time around. The age range for these young women is fifty-five to ninety plus, yes ninety year olds are playing three on three basketball and they will bust a jumper in your face.I especially enjoy working with the staff at the Texas Senior Games and plan to volunteer for the full week of tournament games at the end of March!
I volunteered to be apart of the 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Experience Team. Prior to the game, we walked the concourse and parking lots outside of the stadium to answer fan questions, take pictures, and hand out free koozies and glasses! We were directly involved with the Valero Alamo Bowl Staff and they are great to work with! I plan to continue my streak of volunteering with the Valero Alamo Bowl next year!
I volunteered with San Antonio Sports and worked the Expo/Race Pickup for the Rock and Roll Marathon and other races. I was giving T-shirts and bags to racegoers with fellow San Antonio Sports volunteers. The past two years I have volunteered during the actual race so it was nice to do something different and see how things worked before the race. Everyone was very kind and it was fun to see how excited everyone was to run and the big community that forms around sports and running specifically. There were certain people who had told me about how they had worked up to the half marathon or the 5K and it was cool that even though I was only giving out t-shirts I got to help better their experience.