Circuit of the Americas has partnered with the Austin Sports Commission to develop regional force of volunteers for various events throughout the area. This joint venture will allow those interested in volunteering at events to become an ambassador for Austin, with the first volunteer opportunity being the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Nov. 16-18. Starting today, a link to the volunteer sign-up page will be available at www.circuitoftheamericas.com and www.austintexas.org/sports-commission.
“A strong volunteer force is vital in operating a successful, large-scale event,” said Steve Sexton, president of Circuit of the Americas. “We expect to recruit approximately 1,000 volunteers for the Formula 1 event alone. There is also a need for a regional volunteer force from which all city-wide events can recruit experienced, motivated helpers. We look forward to working with the Sports Commission to build the first of its kind in Austin.”
Various volunteer opportunities will include a variety of positions and time commitments to fit every individual's interests and background. Potential areas with a need for volunteers include customer service, way-finding, ushering, transportation and welcome centers at Austin Bergstrom International Airport and downtown. Individuals will be asked to “opt-in” for different events. Nonprofits, organizations or other groups interested in volunteering together may register for group volunteer opportunities.
In addition to the Formula 1 event, this registration system will be used to recruit volunteers for a variety of other events occurring at the new track, including the V8 Supercars race. Individuals will also be able to sign up for events recruited to the city by the Austin Sports Commission.
“We've been fortunate enough to land some unique events like the Davis Cup quarterfinals, the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals and the World Football Festival coming this summer,” said Matthew Payne, executive director of the Austin Sports Commission. “Creating a volunteer database will give Austin another competitive advantage because of the important resource it will provide to event organizers. Plus, we know that Austin is full of dedicated, community-minded individuals who want to make a difference – and who want visitors to our city to have a great experience.”
Circuit of The Americas has begun working with local area universities to recruit students for various volunteer positions. Volunteers will also receive specialized training by COTA staff, branded clothing to wear during volunteer hours and an invitation to participate in special events leading up to race day.