Volunteer for the World Dwarf Games

By Allan I. Ross
Athletes at the 2009 Dwarf World Games in Belfast (from left): Tim Murray, Roger Pouliot, Chris Romano and Collin Kraft. Photo by Mike Cekanor.

Olympics-style event coming to East Lansing next month

Wednesday, July 17 — The World Dwarf Games will be held at Michigan State University from Aug. 3-10, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help out with the games.

The World Dwarf Games are hosted by the Dwarf Athletic Association of America, a nonprofit that provides amateur athletic opportunities for people with dwarfism.

Volunteers will be asked to greet spectators and guide them to the various events, as well as assist athletes and event officials. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and can choose the days and times they are available.

Campaign support director Amy Welch said there are opportunities for volunteers with specific sport knowledge to help out with individual games.

“Specifically, we’re looking for people who know anything about boccia, to help out with that event,” Welch said. “We don’t have anyone yet for that.” Boccia is a precision throwing game, similar to the lawn game bocce ball. In boccia, players throw leather balls at a target, with points given to the person who throws closest.

“Also, we’re looking for some folks to help make beds at Case Hall on Thursday, Aug. 1,” Welch said. “The athletes come in the next day, and we’re trying to make it convenient for them so they don’t have to make their own beds when the arrive.” She said sheets, comforters and pillows need to be put on 350 to 400 beds.

Up to 400 dwarf athletes from 19 countries are expected to compete in the games, which involve mostly traditional Olympics-style events such as swimming, basketball, shooting/archery and track and field. The events will be free and open to the public.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Welch at