FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Preparations are underway for two International Blind Sports Events here in Fort Wayne.
Paralympic qualifiers in Goalball and Judo Friday and run through July 9th.
Stasha Carrasquillo is one of the event organizers with Turnstone. She says this is a big time event for Fort Wayne, maybe even once in a lifetime.
"This is the first time it's been held in the United States. The event travels all over the globe every 4 years, so to have an international presence of this caliber of athletes here in the City of Fort Wayne, it really is unique," Carrasquillo said.
With over 500 elite athletes descending on the Summit City, it takes a team of volunteers to make things happen.
Carrasquillo said "We have volunteer needs from June 28th to July 9th. The days we really have the highest need is July 3rd, 4th and 5th. Anyone who might have availability or maybe family coming in to town and want something fun to do together."
The event takes more than 1000 volunteers to put on and it's Turnstone's largest need. They still need over 200 volunteers to work at the three venues being used, which include Turnstone, the Grand Wayne Center and Indiana Tech.
They can schedule you to volunteer around your availability as well. You can work a 2, 4, or 8 hour shift.
"These are elite athletes from over 40 countries that will be coming here that have been preparing and working hard for this opportunity," Carrasquillo said.
So they're asking for your help to make things go off without a hitch, and you'll get a unique opportunity to see the highest standard of athletes and facilities
"We're so proud to bring this sport and this event to the City of Fort Wayne and we're so proud to be able to show off our U.S. Men's and Women's National Goalball team that call Fort Wayne home. I think that's one of the most surprising things is people walking into this building and realizing what gem we have here in Fort Wayne," said Carrasquillo.
If you want to help these athletes go for the gold and show them some hoosier hospitality, you can do so on this link www.isbafortwayne2019.com