The motto of the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games is Be a Fan, Fill the Stands.
Organizers hope the Games, being held July 11-14 in Langley, will be filled with helpers, too.
Volunteers are being sought to help make the SOBC Summer Games run smoothly.
The Langley SOBC Games has opened its office in downtown Langley and is eager to register volunteers.
With support from the Township of Langley, the City of Langley, and School District 35, more than 1,100 athletes will come to town to compete in 11 different sports.
More than 1,000 volunteers will be needed as well.
"Sport does something very special by providing an opportunity to eliminate barriers," said Arne Olson, chair of the 2013 Games organizing committee. "The 2013 SOBC Summer Games gives us that opportunity to work together to achieve a community-minded event that will bring a lot of fun to all involved."
To that end, the PR campaign for the Games, which will launch next month, will include an invitation to Langley residents to "Be a Fan and Fill the Stands" to attend the Games events and take part by cheering on the athletes.
"We are asking all Langley residents to fill the stands at the Games events, most of which are taking place at the Langley Events Centre, McLeod Athletic Park and Walnut Grove recreation centre," Olson said. "It is an incredibly awe-inspiring experience to watch these athletes perform. Langley is an incredible community that values inclusivity. I look forward to seeing Langley offer these athletes a wonderful welcome."
As of this past Monday (March 4), the new Games office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, except Thursday which will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Call 604-533-2233 or email games@specialolympics. bc.ca to volunteer.
Carol Madill has come on board as the new office administrator for the 2013 Games, and she will be the welcoming face in the office to help all those who would like to get involved with the Games experience.
The office is located at 20560 Fraser Hwy., the former Coast Capital Building.