TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Special Olympics Indiana is excited to bring the summer games to Terre Haute next month.

But even with all the excitement, there is a need for volunteers to help run the event. The organization says they will need about 2,000 volunteers, but only about 12% of the available volunteer slots have been filled as of Monday. Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Jeff Mohler says the need is most significant for specific events like Bowling, bocce, swimming, and track and field.

“There is no need for anybody to be familiar with those sports. We train our volunteers on-site and we have experienced volunteer leaders who will lead volunteer crews,” Mohler said.

With many athletes returning for the first time since the pandemic organizers hope you’ll help welcome them back.

“We just need to fill those volunteer crew positions so our athletes can experience the joy of competition and just be able to experience having that medal placed around their neck.”

The summer games will be held June 17 through June 19. To register as a volunteer visit the summer games website here.