This is the largest event I’ve ever volunteered at, by far, with 143,000 spectators in attendance throughout the week. I worked on the Tee Box Drink Distribution team, which is tasked with restocking drinks to the tee box and Shotlink tower coolers at each hole on the course several times per day. I was tasked with communicating with team leaders to coordinate this process. This position meant that, at times, I was only feet away from some of pro golf’s best including 2014 U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer, Masters champ Charl Schwartzel and 14-time major champ Tiger Woods, to name a few.
Through this opportunity, I was able to gain valuable knowledge of how a major sporting event operates as well as hone my communication and teamwork skills. Volunteering at the Wyndham also proved that I’m able to challenge myself with a new task and have success with it.
Duke Homestead Events
October 2014 – July 2015
Since successfully completing my internship at Duke Homestead, I was asked to return to volunteer at some of the organization’s events in 2014 and 2015. During this time, I served in various capacities such as house guide and parking assistant. I was also brought back to be the host of the Tobacco Queen Pageant after a successful hosting gig at the same event in 2014.
These experiences have helped me to further my understanding of how events are planned, organized and conducted. In addition, the hosting gigs have been avenues through which I have honed my public speaking and presentation skills.
Electric Run Raleigh
Electric Run is a national touring 5k fun walk/run event that works with local officials to support a charity in that area. The run made a stop at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh and supported the Special Olympics organization. My responsibilities during this event included manning a registration table, completing participant check-ins and assisting event staff with cleanup of the registration area.
The project also required me to utilize problem solving skills when a participant’s information was not accurate, or when he or she was not listed as a participant at check-in although the person had signed up. As a registration table volunteer, I was the first impression for Raleigh Electric Run and this is something that I must always keep in mind when in a career field that serves the public.
N.C. Senior Games State Finals
Throughout my time as a Senior Games volunteer, I was involved in numerous capacities. Ranging from a track and field lap counter to a table tennis referee. Regardless of the task at hand, my communication skills were put to the test. While volunteering, I interacted with people from all different backgrounds and ages: event organizers, spectators and the participants themselves. This experience helped me to develop how I am able to work with all different types of people – from the young to the young at heart – in the future.