Make your summer meaningful by giving back to the community and volunteering for the New Mexico Senior Olympics. The New Mexico Senior Olympics is looking for 500 energetic volunteers to help the State Summer Games run like clockwork July 18-22. The deadline to register as a volunteer is June 1. To volunteer, individuals must register online

The State Summer Games is a 24-sport annual competition for men and women age 50 and over. It is the largest multi-sport competition in N.M. for active seniors. Athletes compete in 5-year age divisions. Sports include air gun, archery, badminton, basketball free throw, bowling, cycling, dance, disc golf, 8-ball pool, frisbee, golf, horseshoes, huachas, pickleball, power walk, racewalk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, soccer kick, softball throw, swimming, table tennis, talent, tennis, track & field and triathlon. There is no pre-qualifying to register for the State Games.

The games will be hosted in locations around the city, including The University of New Mexico, Balloon Fiesta Park, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, Balloon Fiesta Park and the Jerry Cline Complex. Wendy Luck, the volunteer coordinator for New Mexico Senior Olympics, explained that volunteers sign up for at least one four-hour shift in one of several available areas: events game support, fruit and water distribution, souvenir sales, posting results and athlete check-in. 

All volunteers will be provided with advance training. Some volunteer assignments require to interact directly with athletes participating in the 24 sporting events and may require specific technical skills or prior knowledge of the sport. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate. They will receive a T-shirt, certificate and an invitation to attend a Summer Games kick-off party. Volunteers who participate in the 2018 State Summer Games may also have an opportunity to participate in the much larger 2019 National Senior Games, which are being held for the first time in Albuquerque June 14-25, 2019.

For more information and or questions, contact Wendy Luck at 505.210.1930 or email at volunteer@nmseniorolympics.org.

Sponsors of the 40th Annual State Summer Games include AARP, Adelante, Bath Fitter, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Humana, Jubilee, Lovelace, Presbyterian, Sore No More, Stryker, Tivity, United Healthcare.

Partners with NMSO include American Bone Health, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque, N.M. Aging and Long-Term Services Department, N.M. Department of Health and The University of New Mexico.

New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. is dedicated to providing adults 50+ with opportunities for a healthy active lifestyle.