There are many ways to volunteer!
Erik Pabst, Graduate Assistant of Sport Clubs, served as a volunteer at the NIRSA Club Soccer National Championships held in Memphis, Tennessee November 19-23. The following is an account of his volunteer experience:
The National Club Soccer National Championship is part of the National Campus Championship Series which are events sponsored by the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (N.I.R.S.A). Eric served as a volunteer for the past 3 years at the Club Soccer National Championship. While an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona he worked two previous National Championships when the event was hosted in Arizona. There is a substantial need for volunteers to help put on a championship tournament of this quality. Volunteers must complete an online application assessing the applicant’s qualifications. The volunteers are then selected across the nation based on the submitted applications. Once at the tournament, the days are very long, starting at 7 a.m. and running until 10 p.m. The volunteer jobs range from field marshals, field operations staff, all tournament committee, officials committee, t-shirt sales, and/or hospitality. The most common position for a volunteer to be selected as is a field marshal. The tournament is split up into 4 separate brackets which are men’s/women’s championship bracket and men’s/women’s open bracket. This year’s tournament had over 90 club soccer teams all across the country. One of the best things about this tournament is the opportunity to network with other campus recreation professionals that have a strong passion for the field.
Brandon Corley, Graduate Assistant of Intramural Sports, served as volunteer at the Georgia Peach Classic Flag Football Tournament hosted by Georgia Southern University November 21-23. The following is an account of his volunteer experience:
The state extramural flag football tournament has been taking place for over 25 years. It is one of the largest state tournaments in the nation. For this year’s tournament there were 8 women’s teams, 16 co-rec teams and 24 men’s teams. Georgia State University sponsored 1 women’s team to participate in the tournament. Serving as staff in the tournament is a very competitive process that is a great stepping stone for students and new professionals to get exposure in our professional association, NIRSA. We had two student officials selected to officiate the tournament. Brandon was selected the honor of serving on the All-Tournament committee. His job was evaluate the players and official throughout the tournament and record statistics during the course of the games. In addition, he supervised and mentored our student staff officials as they were progressed in the tournament.