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The Area VIII Special Olympics games will take place soon and organizers are looking to the public for help.
Volunteers, said volunteer coordinator Mary Cass Stewart, are need for the April 23 event.
"I don't think people realize how many people it takes to pull this event off every year," she said.
Each year, an estimated 400 students compete in the games, which take place at Brighton High School. Tipton County students account for half of those; Haywood, Lauderdale and Crockett counties also have students competing.
Stewart said 200 volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help make the games successful.
They will be helping with games, awards and more.
"All volunteers complete a volunteer form with personal information and must sign an agreement for a background check," she said. "These are not completed on every volunteer, but every volunteer is subject to a background check."
For their participation, volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.
If interested, please contact Stewart by calling 901-476-4632 or sending an email to mstewart@tipton-county.com.

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