I am a volunteer for a couple of London Olympics volunteering programs. I am a London Ambassador and also a Sport Maker.
Yesterday I went to an information meeting for the Sport Makers program. Not sure what to expect I just showed up at Wembley Stadium. I believe this was my first ever visit to Wembley Stadium, a reason alone to trek out there. The Sport Maker program has the goal of getting people off the couch and doing sports.
When I arrived there were very few volunteers only at the meeting. A teacher motivated her class of 16/17-year olds to join the program.
Granted, at first I was a little disappointed seeing very few volunteers and of those the majority being teenagers (I am not proud that I was this judgmental!), but then I started talking to some of them. One boy was into martial arts and he wanted to get some of his friends to join his sports. One girl wanted to be healthy and motivate her friends to be healthy by engaging in sports. One boy recently moved to London and wanted to get involved into the Sport Maker program to be part of his new community. One boy wanted to run a marathon. One boy came over to talk to me and thank me for being involved in charity fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He overheard me introducing myself as a marathon runner who runs for charities. One of this boy’s relatives is a cancer survivor.He wants to motivate his friends to live an outdoors and healthy life.
All my initial hesitation about the evening just slipped away hearing the stories of these young adults and how they hope to make a small difference to their immediate community and friends. I was so inspired at the end of the evening that I vow to make my participation in the Sport Maker program count.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
~ Albert Schweitzer