The push is on for volunteers for the Final Four held in Atlanta and aired on CBS Atlanta. It is 64 days from the Big Dance. So far, half of the 2,000 people needed have volunteered.
The airport greeter is one of the most important volunteer positions. That's because they will be some of the first to welcome the 100,000 visitors expected to come through Atlanta during the Final Four tournament.
"The biggest piece of my job right now is focused on making sure we get enough volunteers," local organizing committee executive director Sharon Goldmacher said.
She delivered that message that message to the community Thursday morning.
"We would like our volunteers to be fully integrated into the event so they feel like they are part of the event, and that all of our visitors feel very welcome to Atlanta," Goldmacher said.
Volunteers will be needed all over town, from what will be the Big Dance concert stage at Centennial Olympic Park to the World Congress Center for Bracket Town. Welcome ambassadors are needed at downtown hotels as well as people to answer questions outside the Georgia Dome and around downtown. All of that is in city councilman Kwanza Hall's district.
"To get the community engaged, to have participation, we love sports in this town, especially college sports. It's good to see we're doing an all call, kind of what we did with the Olympics. That spirit and that energy attracted people from 100 miles away who just gave their time and energy," Hall said.
He hopes the people who volunteer will take great pride in being part of this major event.
"A great spirit and concern for others, having a customer focus, being very considerate, thoughtful, being willing to help," Hall said.
"Without volunteers we can't actually run the event. So with 2,000 volunteers all working together, all of our fans and visitors will have a great time," Goldmacher said.
And those volunteers also get take home some swag.
"They get a shirt, a jacket, a hat and they will have the official look of the Final Four and I think that's what gets people really excited," Goldmacher said.
Volunteers need to be at least 18 to volunteer and be willing to work three shifts. The local organizing committee needs to have all the volunteers by the end of February. Volunteer orientation will be held in March.
Volunteer registration is all online. Click here to apply.
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