Excitement grows: More than 650 young people integrate into motivational activities for world Tennis Invitational

The first lady's office integrated more than 650 young people during several motivational encounters for the volunteering of the invitational World Tennis Special Olympics.

The meetings were carried out at the National Library Pedro Henríquez Ureña and in the centers of Integral Care for the disability (CAID), enclosures Santo Domingo Oeste and Santiago and participated young people from high schools, colleges, churches and Universities.

These volunteers will form part of the final group that deserves the organization of this tournament.

They will be trained to receive the more than 300 athletes from about 30 countries participating in the Special Olympics World Tennis Invitational, from November 9th to 17th, as well as for other assembly tasks.

The first lady's office is the host of this tournament, in coordination with the Special Olympics organization Latin America and the logistical and operational support of the Ministry of Sports (MIDEREC).

Also, Santo Domingo will host two other Special Olympics activities, the Global athletes Congress and the entity's annual meeting of the International Board of Directors.

The young people enthusiastically received guidance on the different logistical support functions and expressed their interest in joining as volunteers to break the barriers of inclusion, tolerance and acceptance.

During the meeting at the National Library, the technical coordinator of the Office of the First Lady, Martha Rodríguez de Báez, highlighted the commitment that Candida Montilla of Medina has with the inclusion.

Rodríguez de Báez said that an inclusive management is the line of public policies implemented by the Government of President Danilo Medina, in defense of people with disabilities through the CAID.

While the director general of the Tennis Invitational, Sergio Tobal, made a presentation in which he offered an overview of the tournament.

He reported that the competitions will be held in the tennis courts of the park East with the participation of some 700 volunteers, 60 judges and officers, 100 coaches and some 400 members of families.


From isolation to involvement

The Special Olympics sports consultant, Doménico Carnevali, stressed the importance of volunteering, emphasizing that these are the cornerstone of any good event to ensure success.

Carnevali explained that the Special Olympics seek to empower through sport, which is the most powerful global force to change local cultures, from disability to skill, from stigma to acceptance, from isolation to involvement.

"Special Olympics has more than 75000 volunteers worldwide, we want you to be part of the movement and defend it as we do, be part of you, happy, committed and responsible, everyone will have a specific role as part of the Local organizing committee, "said Athletic counselor.


Social and inclusive Cause

Likewise, the volunteer Coordinator, Roberto Báez, referred to the importance of volunteers and with his words motivated young people to be part of this important and inclusive social cause.

The Coordinator of Athletes ' delegations, Clara Cuevas motivated the young volunteers to join in this sporting experience and considered that it constitutes a great responsibility as host country to surpass the expectations posed and the commitment to reach, Through volunteering, the standards required in the sporting event.


Mock Tennis Game

These volunteer activities were also joined by athletes Niverka Marte, Ana Binet, Ana Villanueva, Johanna Pimentel and Carina Lorenzo, gold medallists from the Central American Games 2018.

Also participated the tennis player Joele Chad, "The Queen of tennis Dominican", who shared during a mock play with children athletes Ronald, Eliana and Jesus who are part of the Dominican delegation to participate in the World Tennis Invitational.


Things can go beyond

The Olympic medallist of the Central American and Caribbean Games of the Dominican national handball team Carina Lorenzo, said to feel highly identified with this type of activity.

It motivated young people to be part of this event and with this encourage the development of the games that provides human and intellectual development of people with some kind of disability and teaches that they can do things that go beyond.

In the same way the athlete Ana Binet belonging to national volleyball team "Queens of the Caribbean", defined the event as a positive element never before seen in the country and thanked for taking it into account to participate in the recruitment of volunteers for the Sporting event.

Niverka Marte said he felt happy and identified with this kind of activity and called the youth to join the Special Olympics volunteering to make the activity a success.


Volunteer Profiles

The volunteers are also being recruited in schools, universities, social clubs, religious congregations, the Boy Scouts Association and other entities and through a call for social networks and the Internet portal rdincluye2018.org.

The lines in which the volunteers can provide their services are, sports/tennis, food, hydration, attention to delegations, families and guests of honor, lodging, transportation, press and technology.

Also, awards, opening and closing ceremonies, torch race, athletes Congress, family forums, young athletes, unified experience and health fair.

People who aspire to volunteer must complete a form, which can be downloaded on the Internet portal rdincluye2018.org or obtained during the visits that the recruitment Commission is making to different centers and organizations.