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NM Senior Olympics needs volunteers

Erica Zucco
May 08, 2017 07:57 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- This year, Albuquerque hosts New Mexico’s Senior Olympics. But to pull off an even with nearly a thousand competitors, organizers say they need hundreds of volunteers.

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New Mexico’s Senior Olympics celebrates athletes excelling in everything from pickleball to bowling. But it’s about more than just the days of the games.

"The bottom line here is increasing your quality of life as you age," said Susan Rice, who competes in the games. "To do that, you need to stay semi-physically fit. If you've got a goal like competing in Senior Olympics in the summer, you're going to start increasing your activity, whether it be walking more or practicing more in the court."

Pulling off the event itself takes hundreds of volunteers.

"From scorekeeping to athlete check-in to staffing table to handing out water and fruit to the athletes who are participating," said Anthony Romero of the city of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs

Organizers are asking anyone over the age of 16 with a little time to spare to pitch in.

"If you're gonna have 900 athletes descend upon Albuquerque and compete in these 26 plus sports, you're going to need to keep it coordinated," Rice said.

To learn more about volunteering or the games themselves, visit http://www.nmseniorolympics.org.

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