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Miller, Young Sign on to Help Recruit,Lead Volunteer Corps for 2002 Games
Salt Lake Tribune 7Mar00 S2
By Lori Buttars: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Salt Lake Organizing Committee has picked a winning volunteer team that includes Jazz owner, Larry Miller and National Football League quarterback, Steve Young to kick off its volunteer recruitment drive. They are among 16 prominent Utahs named by the SLOC to recruit and lead a corps of volunteers for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Miller and Young will be assigned to specific venues and will work with others to foster relationships in the communities where other volunteers live and work.

SLOC Vice President for Human Relations said, "They will attempt to pull together a staff for each venue that is comprised primarily of local people who can assist in not only operating the Games but welcoming visitors and athletes into the community." They will also act as liasons between SLOC and the community to address any issues that may arise in the community as the games draw near."

The group and the venues that each member will represent are:
Phil Thompson, President of Industrial Supply, (Deer Valley Resort)
Joan Calder, former Pres.of Park City Chamber of Comm. (Park City
Mountain Resort)
Rich Brewer, Exec.of Brewer Tire Co. (Snowbasin Ski Area)
Mark Miller, car dealer (Utah Winter Sports Park)
Tom & Linda Whitaker, leaders of one of 1996 wagon train treks
(Soldier Hollow cross-country)
Larry Miller (Delta Center)
Brent Bishop, Propietor of All-A-Dollar stores (E Center)
Allan Lipman, former CEO of Amalgamated Sugar Co. (Ogden Ice Sheet)
Gary Garret, Nu Skin Exec.(Provo Ice Arena)
Paul Ross, Alliant Tech Systems Exec. (Kearns Olympic Oval)
Peggy Stock, Pres. Westminster College (Salt Palace Media Center)
Robert Rice, Industrialist (Rice-Eccles Stadium)
Steve Young, Bruce &LuAnne Reese, Bonneville Corp. (Medals Plaza)

"The number one goal is to have the Olympics be a success in Utah," said Robert Rice, a longtime Olympic supporter. "We've first got to gather this pool of volunteers and then get the right people in the right position. They will have to be committed to this, right up until the Games. I'm confident that the people of Utah will rally around."

Once the recruiting process is under way, the chairpeople will be responsible for generating and maintaining the enthusiasm of the volunteer troops between now and the Games. "We envision the staff at each of these venues as like families as they work together in assisting in the Games," Eynon said. Preferences will be given to volunteers who live in the vicinity of their venue. Volunteer availability will be a concern during the Games as well as what skills they have that might lend to their work. Once selected, volunteers will have to submit to a criminal background check. General training will begin in February, 2001.

Volunteer submission requests can be made to the SLOC by signing up at Thursday after 5 p.m. or they can contact the SLOC volunteer line at: (80l) 212-3000.


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