The Micronesian Games Organizing Committee received a boost to its efforts to welcome the estimated 1,200 athletes that will descend on Saipan for this summer’s international event when the Society of Human Resource Managers donated $500 yesterday afternoon during their luncheon at the Pacific Islands Club.
MGOC chairman Michael White gladly accepted the check from PIC human resources manager Angela Yamashita in front of a crowd of nearly 70 business professionals and athletic supporters at Charley’s Cabaret and expressed his thanks for the help.
“We couldn’t host the Games without the help and support from people in the community like yourselves,” he said.
There are only a handful of months to go before athletes, trainers, coaches, and family members from throughout Micronesia come to the CNMI for the quadrennial event, and White reiterated the importance of the community’s involvement this summer.
While he and the MGOC have spent countless hours arranging sponsorships, transportation, individual events, venues, lodging, and protocol, committee is in agreement that there is still plenty to do before the first athletes set foot on Saipan.
One of the major issues remains the sponsorship and the different levels that a company or individual will be able to support the Games. While the details have not yet been released, it appears that the news will come soon as the final arrangements are near completion.
The push for volunteers is still ongoing, but a number of people from all walks of life have expressed their interest and signed up to donate their time and sweat for the good of the Games.
Official forms for sponsorship and volunteering will become available in the near future, but all interested volunteers can start the process by emailing Frances Sablan with some basic information to get the ball rolling at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 234-3462.
The chairwoman said that she will need to know the name, age, contact information, preferred areas, and availability of each of the volunteers so that she can best assign them to specific duties.