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Special Olympics in need of a new family coordinator

Published April 08. 2011 05:02PM

Carbon County Special Olympics is looking for a new family coordinator.

The family coordinator is the member of the management team who aids the families or other caregivers of the local program athletes, by providing them with needed information and opportunities to participate in the program. They also act as a liaison between the families and the management team so that families and caregivers may express their concerns and know that they will be discussed and/or acted upon by the team.

"The family coordinator position is a fun way to be involved with a great organization," said Lisa Lux, public relations coordinator for the Special Olympics of Carbon County. "Plus, You get so much more than you can ever give when you volunteer for Special Olympics."

"My involvement with Carbon County Special Olympics has been such a personally rewarding experience and I love to share that experience with others," added Maureen Foster, manager of the Special Olympics of Carbon County. "Everyone is invited to be a fan and witness firsthand the determination, sportsmanship and enthusiasm of our athletes."

Some of the responsibilities of the family coordinator include:

• Get to know families of athletes

• Provide information to families on training, competition, and all Special Olympics events

• Plan and carry out social or other activities for your families

• Recruit a family subcommittee to plan and carry out activities

• Develop an annual calendar of events

• Reach out to families not currently involved for the purpose of drawing them and their children into your program

• Attend monthly management team meetings

If anyone is interested, please contact Sheri Anthony, volunteer coordinator, at

Upcoming Special Olympics events are listed on the organization's website at The next event, Track and Field, will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m., at Jim Thorpe High School Stadium.

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