WE NEED Y-O-U: Volunteers needed for events including NFL Draft, historic neighborhood tours
Are you a proud Las Vegan? Do you love sports and showing your city to visitors? Do you revel in your neighborhoods’ architectural history?
Then we’ve got a program for you.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) has begun a major drive for volunteers to help with upcoming sporting events, including NASCAR races, the Las Vegas Bowl college football game and the upcoming 2020 National Football League Draft, along with historical home tours.
The volunteer recruiting began in August 2016 with a portal (www.lvcva.com/eventvolunteer) to draw helpers for that October’s presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and eventual Republican victor Donald Trump, said Lisa Motley, LVCVA director of sports marketing and special events. Seven hundred and fifty people volunteered for the debate, which was held at UNLV and was broadcast nationally on cable television.
The LVCVA is seeking 1,500 volunteers for the NFL Draft, set for April 23-25, 2020. In a statement announcing the choice of Las Vegas as the draft site, the NFL said it expects massive celebrations on and around the Strip.
The draft will come just before the Raiders, who are moving to Las Vegas from Oakland, are to open their new $1.8 billion stadium.
As evidenced in prior years, the NFL Draft can bring serious attention to its host city. Dallas officials, for example, have said the 2018 draft drew 45 million viewers. The Los Angeles Times in April cited NFL-issued data showing that 600,000 people attended the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, and 61 million people watched on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and digital channels. Those numbers, the league said, made the 2019 draft the highest-rated, most-watched NFL Draft ever.
NFL Draft volunteers must undergo an NFL-mandated background check that the league will manage, Motley says.
Besides the NASCAR races — Las Vegas is the only site with two triple-header race weekends — the LVCVA is recruiting volunteers for Skate America, a U.S. Figure Skating event set for Oct. 18-20 at the Orleans Arena, said Motley. Volunteer duties for that event, for example, may include greeting people at the airport, stuffing giveaway bags, thanking fans for attending or performing other duties.
In addition to needing people for event support and check-in, volunteers are also sought as guides for home-and-history-style tours, which aim to promote, educate and advocate for the preservation of Las Vegas’ architectural resources and renew interest in preservation, urban sustainability and community development.
“This gives locals a great opportunity to participate hands-on in supporting the sporting events that make an economic impact on our city and contribute to the goal of driving tourism,” says Motley. “It’s a great way to give back and be engaged.”
The volunteer program’s flier tells volunteers their efforts will send an important message:
“Let’s show the world that we are just as much a great community as we are the greatest travel destination in the world.”
For more information on how to volunteer for events, visit www.lvcva.com/eventvolunteer.
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