Volunteers needed for NCAA gymnastics event

DULUTH -- The Arena at Gwinnett Center is looking for volunteers to help with the televised NCAA Women's Gymnastic Championship coming to Duluth on April 20 to 22.

"The Arena at Gwinnett Center is thrilled to bring the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship to Gwinnett County. Volunteers play an integral part in making this competition run smoothly, so the best collegiate gymnasts in the country can successfully compete for the national title," said Jaclyn Miller, marketing manager at Gwinnett Center. "Without support from the local community, these events would not be possible in Gwinnett County. Volunteering is a great way to create a lifelong memory with your family or friend by being involved in an event of this magnitude."

There are more than 300 spots to be filled during the three day event and volunteers are asked to sign up for two time slots, but high school students are not allowed to participant due to NCAA's strict compliance and recruiting policies.

With that in mind, there is plenty for the adults to tend to during the competition.

"There are a wide variety of volunteer tasks needed in order to make this nationally televised championship run smoothly," Miller said. "These tasks include everything from scoring the events to registration and check-in to assisting the judges to helping patrons find their seats. There really is a job for everyone."

Since there is something for everyone, there isn't any training necessary beforehand and you don't need gymnastics experience. Each group will be briefed before they hit the mats at the beginning of each shift.

At the end of the event, each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt for their work.

For more information, email Dan Nesspor at dnesspor@gwinnettcenter.com or call 770-813-7532. To sign up, visit www.atlantasportscouncil.com and click the "Volunteer" tab.

Competing teams will be announced Monday morning.