CANTON — The university equivalent of the Winter Olympics will take place across the north of the country in January, and volunteers are needed to help bring it to life.
The FISU World University Games bring together the best university athletes from around the world every two years to compete in 12 winter sports.
“These are the sports we all know and love in the North Country,” said Jon Lundin, spokesperson for the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games. cross-country, snowboarding, downhill skiing and more.
“This is an opportunity for 2,500 athletes from 600 universities and 50 nations to come to the United States and compete in this global event,” said Mr. Lundin. “It’s kind of like the College Olympics, and over 1,000 athletes from those games have competed in the Olympics.”
The opening ceremony begins on January 12 in Lake Placid and will end on January 22. Events will be held in Lake Placid, Lake Saranac, Wilmington, North Creek, Canton and Potsdam.
“Canton and Potsdam will host the men’s and women’s ice hockey preliminary rounds,” said Lundin.
He said Clarkson University and SUNY Canton will host the men’s hockey preliminary rounds, in which 12 nations will participate, and SUNY Potsdam will host the women’s hockey tournament. The top four teams will go on to play for medals at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid – the renowned site of the “Miracle on Ice”, when an underdog US Olympic hockey team won an unlikely gold medal against the Soviet Union of the time at the 1980 Winter Games.
Mr Lundin said the organization is looking for between 1,800 and 2,100 volunteers for all sites combined.
“Volunteering is the most crucial role for any large-scale event, and it’s a great way for people to get involved in this unique opportunity in a unique way,” he said.
All aspects of the games need the help of volunteers, from logistics to IT needs, media roles, language services, athletes’ village operations, and more. For a full list of information or to register, visit wdt.me/FISUvolunteer.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, unless registered with a club or organization. Volunteers are not paid, but loot will be provided.
“Volunteers will receive a beautiful uniform made by Karbon which includes a hat, gloves, a three-quarter zipper and an outdoor jacket,” Mr. Lundin said.
They will also have access to all events, food and drink, and an invitation to a post-Games party.
“Hosting these games here is a great way for us to promote the uniqueness of the Adirondacks and the northern region, not only for sport, but also for economic development,” said Lundin. “I can’t think of a better way to show what’s here for the north country.”
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