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.
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 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!
On February twenty-fourth I volunteered as the long-jump pit-raker for the Trinity Open Track meet from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm. This was my second year in a row volunteering for the Trinity Open Track meet and the only difference from last year’s meet and now is the advent of the brand new scoreboard. Towering over the Prassel parking garage and loud as can be, I thought this board would greatly advance the experience of the athletes as well as the volunteers. However, sadly, the use of the board was quite underwhelming. Granted, the board improved the overall experience of the meet by updating real time finishes, standings, and was loud enough to announce the races so that all participants could hear and know exactly what was going on and who was up next. The information displayed on the big board would only pertain to the current race and how those athletes were finishing. However, all of this displayed information only took up half to a third of the full size of the screen, leaving most of the screen as just a basic maroon background. Granted this is one of the first uses of the board so I don’t blame anyone for not having all the bells and whistles set up just yet, but here at Trinity we strive for excellence on the track, soccer pitch, baseball/softball diamond, football field, etc. and I think that the use of our scoreboard should reflect that. Add in some graphics, use our logos, pictures of our athletes/the winners, upcoming and previous races? The scoreboard is a big investment for Trinity athletics and we should leverage that as much as possible. Moving forward, I will keep this event in mind when it comes to putting on events and leveraging all of the assets available to me to the best of their ability in order to create truly impactful events.
I volunteered for the Texas Senior Games: Ladies 3v3 Basketball Tournament at the Barshop Jewish Community Center on Friday, January 20th from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm. My job was to run the clock and scoreboard while coordinating the next teams’ stat sheet/roster. The job was very simple, but I was able to see the minute details that coordinators put in to make these events run smoothly. Things like having a set of rules and written out instructions to clock management so that volunteers and new referees have a quick reference guide to learn from and refer back to. What I enjoyed the most by far was the sheer competition that some of these ladies have. These women are 55+ years old and as aged as high as 80, and they would compete very toughly. Many women playing most of the long games (15-minute halves; running clock) and still being able to put up and make shots at their age was awesome. Don’t be fooled and think that all these shots are slow-motion lay-ups; these women have range! One 70 year old made 6 three-pointers in a single half. The resilience these ladies showed me during the tournament showed me that, as an event coordinator/organizer, you can give people of all ages memorable experiences doing things they love and more importantly using sport to empower themselves to continue to strive for better. Creating these kinds of opportunities for people is something I enjoy being a part of and hope to someday facilitate these type of events myself.