This past weekend my family had the opportunity to voluntEAR at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex during the Princess Half-Marathon Weekend. We love to give back to the community and when it involves being at Walt Disney World…that makes it even better. The weekend’s events were all to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
We actually got to work the kid’s races. On Saturday 1500 kids from 9 months-13 years old competed in Diaper Derby, 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes and a 1 mile run. We had the best job too! We got to give the medals to the participants after they crossed the finish line!
We arrived at the Jostens Center at 7:30am and signed in for our shift. We received our t-shirts and a snack voucher. We changed into our t-shirts, went to the snack bar to retrieve our snacks and water and then waited for our marching orders. When all 21 event volunteers were ready we headed out to the track where we were divided up into several different jobs. The actual races began at 10am so we spent the time before that hanging the medals on the rack and then helping with pre-race crowd control.
It was so much fun to put a medal around the necks of children who had just accomplished a big goal that they had been training for. If you live in central Florida and would like to know more about voluntEARing for Disney sporting events visit their website here.