Volunteers Needed Saturday, October 7 From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
The annual Special Olympics Fishing Derby is one of the Mianus Chapter's most popular event for members and volunteers. For more than a decade the annual derby at the pond at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton has helped athletes from Connecticut Special Olympics learn how to fish and also win 5 different $1,000 prizes to help fund their team's training and travel expenses.
It doesn't take much to volunteer and the rewards are beyond description. To see an athlete reel in what very well may be the first fish of their life and then beam with joy, pride and a sense of accomplishment is beyond compare. Everyone helping out at the event can't help but leave with a big smile on their face.
This year's derby takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, with volunteer preparation and setup starting at 10 a.m., the derby running from around 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a complimentary lunch for athletes and volunteers following. We expect more than 75 athletes and their families, so we'll need all the help we can get.
Volunteers are needed to:
Set up and prepare rods and tackle
Partner one-on-one with an athlete
Serve as judges, measuring and recording fish caught
Rove the pond as "tackle experts" untangling line and making minor repairs