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August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

I had the opportunity to volunteer with my nursing student daughter in the medical tent. What an inspiration these athletes were to both of us. There spirit of positive competition was enlightening. These athletes were in amazing shape for their ages and this event was a real testament to the power of exercise to achieve ageless health benefits!!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and very well organized

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

I lap counted for the Race Walk events and have had prior experience having being a Race Walker myself That voluntering went smoothly. You were pleading for volunteers for Shuffle Board. I volunteered. There were no directions to the venue. When you finally got there, there was no one to give you instructions. I wasted my time. I have been in and run Senior Games in past years. Your information,registration could have been simpler. Too much to read before you got the information you needed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have had past experience with the Senior Games and believe in the premise of keeping active at any age.

Ways to make it better...

you included directions to the venues, or at least a map.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

I voluntered for 2 mornings at the Athlete check-in and for a 3rd morning in one of the information booths. What a great staff and what inspiring athletes. I really enjoyed helping and it has inspired me to get myself in gear for the 2011 Senior Games...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent and well organized with a real passion for service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

I volunteered to work at the Triathlon at the Port of Redwood City. I worked at the Awards table and found this assignment to be rewarding. The athletes were truly inspiring, especially the 89 year old male athlete who did the Triathlon in 2 hours and 10 minutes!!! My second assignment was at Stanford. I initially worked on registering volunteers but found this job to be pretty routine and boring. I was then asked if I wanted to do interviews asking the athletes, their families, friends or just people attending their opinions about the Senior Games. This was right up my alley and I really liked talking with people and finding out their thoughts and comments about what they liked and what they thought should be improved. I was so impressed with the Senior Games that I am considering competing in some aspect in 2011.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to see truly inspiring senior athletes from around the country compete in many different venues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

I got much more out of volunteering, than I gave. I worked checking in athletes for the horseshoe competition and had such a good time that I stayed an extra day. The people who organized and the people who participated were very appreciative of all help. I had a chance to talk to a lot of people about where they were from, what they were enjoying in the Bay area, and how they had come to be a participant in the games. It was an honor to be able to volunteer. They even had me pitching shoes on the practice court one morning after the competition was over. I got lots of good advice!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to help others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very hard working. They knew what they were doing and how to get it done - they were expressed their appreciation multiple times, and were always professional.

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the volunteers at the off campus venue had a list of who was going to show up. Sometimes there were too many people, and sometimes they were scrambling for scorers. Also every one wanted a volunteer T shirt; could have sold lots of them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

I was at Harding Park in San Francisco for the Senior Ladies Golf Tourney. It was truly inspiring to see Ladies from all over the states participate and do well in a sport that has captured the interests of young and old. The major concern voiced by participants was the feeling that they were rushed to finish their game because of the priority to prep the course for Tiger's coming in October. Despite this, most participants I spoke to enjoyed the experience and were willing to return as I would if given the opportunity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being there to observe seniors actively take part in a sport that I've recently taken on as the most challenging for individuals young and old.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open and amiable as well as knowledgable about the sport.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

definitely provide greater participation of sports/games and individuals and teams

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

Had a marvelous time at the women's long jump. The games' officials who knew the rules and the process told us volunteers just what to do with the measuring tape and pointed out if we weren't doing it quite right. There was an overabundance of volunteers but we each eventually found a small task and kept doing that-- gave us more time to look at the other events going on at the adjacent track- ever seen a 95 year old man run the 100m or an 85 year old woman run/walk the 400m- it was worth taking a few hours off work to be a volunteer.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get many more couch-bound seniors off their behinds and into some sporting activity that would improve their physical and mental health.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

I found the organizers to be very precise about directions and expectations. I especially appreciated the up to the minute status reports.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Up to the moment status reports

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Ways to make it better...

More activity in my assignment

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 27, 2009

I volunteered & played in Shuffleboard. I heard that there was supposed to be a tent to cover the original venue (Manzanita Courts), but it was cancelled when the location moved into the stadium. Then I see that the venue was shifted outside again to the West Campus Courts, but no tent. I have nothing but praise for all the volunteers who stood outside in the sun for each and every shift! I am on medications which tell me to stay out of the sun and this limited my ability to more fully participate as a volunteer. I know that many of the players had the same problem.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have an experienced organizer for Shuffleboard who actually knows the game and the needs of the players and the courts. Having an organizer who can run tournaments is not meeting that need.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

did their best to meet the needs of the players & officials. Nice kids.

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This venue had been inside, as the wind played havoc with the vinyl courts and dance wax. Additionally, the sun made it very hard to see the courts and sunburn was an unfortunate consequence.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

reco0gnizing that Shuffleboard is a legitimate sport and give the players the respect that they deserve by improving the quality of the venue and not pushing that location to the far edges of the campus into isolation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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August 27, 2009

The event itself was fantastic. Very inspiring to see these mature athletes from all across the country. The athletes were very complimentary about the volunteer assistance they were getting. Although the area I was supporting was well organized, it was definitely overstaffed - we easily had double the number of people needed. The workflow for the computerized check-in was somewhat clunky. There were several volunteers who didn't have sufficient computer skills or confidence to master the process. Rather than pulling them out, moving them into an alternative position where they could contribute and feel good about volunteering would have been more valuable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

appreciating the competitive opportunities for older athletes.

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Ways to make it better...

I'd volunteered for additional days and activities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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