13 posts categorized "Volunteers"


Thousands lined up at Lone Star Park to get their game-day credentials

8:50 a.m. Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie – Thousands of excited people are lined up outside of Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, waiting to get their game day credentials.

Anyone working in the stadium or at the NFL Tailgate Party before the Super Bowl – caterers, volunteers, entertainers – must first get a game day pass at the NFL Accreditation  Center at Lone Star Park.

The scene was nuts - but in a good way, according to Steven Foster, vice chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee's volunteer action team, who got his credential and is now helping process others.

“It’s just crazy,” Foster said. “It’s mad and crazy loud."

- Melody McDonald


Weather dishing out disappointment for Super Bowl volunteers

Many Super Bowl volunteers were excited about getting to be part of the audience during a FOX taping today of the popular Blue Man Group at Cowboys stadium.

The key word here is were.

The event, like many others, has been cancelled because of Mother Nature's bad mood.

- Melody McDonald




Super Bowl volunteer says airport too quiet

Even before the Super Bowl came to North Texas, John McKergow volunteered as an ambassador at D/FW International Airport, greetings guest and answering their questions.

So it just made sense for McKergow to also work at the airport this week as an official Super Bowl volunteer, helping out with what officials believed would be a huge influx of visitors.

So far, McKergow hasn’t seen the influx.

“It’s just normal stuff,” McKergow said late Thursday afternoon from Terminal C. “It’s not really big-time. The Thursday night before the Super Bowl should be busy.”

McKergow said he’s seen a football player or two who have arrived on their own, without an entourage.

“Someone will recognize them and take their picture as they get their bags, but there is no hub-bub, as they say,” he said.

- Melody McDonald


Volunteers not needed for Wednesday morning shift at NFL Experience.

  Although the weather didn't impact too many Super Bowl XLV volunteers on Tuesday, it already has on Wednesday.

A private, mid-morning event for children at the NFL Experience - the NFL Play 60 Kids Day - was cancelled Tuesday night, prompting officials to send emails to first-shift volunteers telling them they weren't needed Wednesday morning.

But only during that time.

The email strongly urged the volunteers - who had previously been assigned to the 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. shift on Wednesday - to show up for the 2 to 7 p.m. shifts or the 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. shifts, when the NFL Experience is scheduled to be open to the public.  

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Amanda Whitelaw, the host committee official coordinating the 10,000-plus Super Bowl volunteers, said they are prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best.

"The weather is just something you have no control over," Whitelaw said. "We control what we can and react to things we can't."

-Melody McDonald





Officials urging XLV volunteers to work more shifts

The NFL Experience drew over 75,000 fans in the first four days of opening.

And since 4,500 Super Bowl XLV volunteers are largely the ones staffing the interactive theme park at the Dallas Convention Center, officials said it's imperative that they show up for their shifts.

"The one thing you will always struggle with is going to be an attrition rate," said Amanda Whitelaw, volunteers service manager for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. "We've had a great turnout at everything, but at the NFL Experience, there have been a few no-shows. We're trying to get our volunteers who are registered to get out there and help us. "

In fact, Whitelaw emphasized that any XLV volunteers who want to work more shifts are more than welcome.

"This weekend, right before Super Bowl, the NFL Experience is going to be slammed with guests locally and also guests from all over the world,"  Whitelaw said. "...We need to put our best foot forward.' "

"Without our volunteers, these events don’t run," she added. "... Our volunteers are representing North Texas and, without them, the show stops. ... Their role is so integral.’"

OK, Super Bowl volunteers, you know what to do: Log onto the Super Bowl Host Committee website and sign up for more shifts.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been previously assigned to greet visitors at the airports and hotels, work in the office operations, direct event traffic, or work the NFL Experience, if you’ve got some extra time, they’ve got a place for you at the NFL Experience.

Being a Super Bowl volunteer is fun. I know, because I am one.

And I'll be doing my part at the NFL Experience on Wednesday.

-- Melody McDonald


Super Bowl XLV volunteers, by the numbers

I ran across some interesting stats this morning about XLV volunteers that I wanted to share:

10,154 - number of individuals volunteering for Super Bowl XLV

1000 - number of volunteers who fluently speak a language other than English

275 - number of volunteers who have also volunteered at past Super Bowls

39 - number of states volunteers will be traveling from

32 - percentage of volunteers who live in Dallas County

32 - percentage of volunteers who live in Tarrant County

20 - percentage of volunteers who live in Collin and Denton Counties

21 - number of days volunteers will be active in the region

5 - number of roles volunteers support, including the NFL Experience, hotel welcome desks, airport greeters, office operations and directing transportation

1- the sponsor paying for this huge volunteer effort - Allstate

Source: www.northtexassuperbowl.com/volunteers

- Melody McDonald


Big day for Super Bowl volunteers, as they pick up their uniforms, credentials

Being a Super Bowl XLV volunteer doesn't get you into the Big Game, but membership has its privileges.

On Friday, I received my official XLV volunteer uniform (photo gallery), which I have to admit, is pretty cool. The navy blue get-up includes a collared shirt, windbreaker and ball cap - all made by Reebok, paid for by Allstate, and sporting the North Texas XLV Super Bowl logo.  Super Bowl volunteers Melody 012

I also received my credentials, which took a long time - and I don't love my photo - but it'll be a souvenir I'll definitley hold on to.

When I went to Lone Star Park - the official volunteer headquarters - on Friday morning to get geared up for Super Bowl week, I also got a nice surprise: Two free tickets to the NFL Experience.

Like I said, membership has its privileges.

More than 10,000 people are volunteering during Super Bowl week, directing traffic at events, greeting visitors at hotels and airports, or working at the NFL Experience, the interactive football theme park at the Dallas Convention Center. 

I'm one of the 4500 volunteers signed up to work the NFL Experience, and while I don't know yet what I'll be doing there, I know this:  I'll be wearing my uniform proudly.

- Melody McDonald (photo by Rodger Mallison/Star-Telegram)

Here's a little video I took today.


Super Bowl program inspires area students to give back in a big way

North Texas students are finding out first-hand that Super Bowl XLV really is more than a game.

It's also about giving back.

Hundreds of students from public and private schools delivered more than 20,000 books, board games, sports equipment and school supplies to the Salvation Army Community Center in Arlington on Thursday morning.

The Salvation Army will distribute the items to less-fortunate schools later today.

In exchange for their generosity, the students got to meet Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick (video), get autographs from Cowboys cheerleaders and shake hands with mascot Rowdy.

Afterward, they boarded buses and headed to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, where they were to get a grand tour.

The event, called Super Kids Super Sharing, is part of the NFL's Enviromental Program and has been happening in Super Bowl host cities for more than a decade.

But organizers said this year's event was the biggest and best ever, setting records for the number of schools that participated and the amount of items donated.

"We do things big here in Texas; we do things right here in Texas," Bill Lively, president of the Super Bowl Host Committee, told the students. "We try to help other people -- and you guys have made a great big difference."

- Melody McDonald


Super Bowl volunteers train for NFL Experience

DALLAS -– Super Bowl XLV volunteers learn a lot of interesting facts.

Like where the two championship football teams will practice while in North Texas (NFC at SMU; AFC at TCU).

Like where the media center will be (Sheraton Dallas Hotel).

And how many viewers will tune in for the big game (1 billion).

On Sunday, during a training session at the Dallas Convention Center attended by about 2,000 Super Bowl volunteers, we also learned how many of us actually had a ticket for the game (One).

Despite what some think, volunteering for the Super Bowl does not get you a ticket into Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium. But it does make you feel special, like you are part of something big, part of history.  

Of the 10,000 Super Bowl XLV volunteers, about 4,000 will work the NFL Experience, handing out wristbands, working information booths, shagging balls, whatever.

The NFL Experience is basically a huge, interactive football-themed park that will be held at the Dallas Convention Center from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6.

The event is filled with football-related games (think football tosses or play-by-play calling of your favorite game), merchandise, and autograph opportunities.

It’s the perfect place for average fans who don’t have a ticket to the Super Bowl, but who want to be part of something big, part of history.

Tickets for the NFL Experience can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Here’s a little video I shot on Sunday of Bill Lively, president and CEO of the Super Bowl Host Committee, talking about the NFL Experience.

- Melody McDonald


Super Bowl volunteers out for fun, meaning, memories

Brenda Clark signed up to be a Super Bowl XLV volunteer because she thought it would be fun.

Debbie Lehman volunteers because it's a way to give back.

Tony Thomas figured it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

These three North Texas residents were among numerous Super Bowl volunteers at D/FW Airport Wednesday night, welcoming home soldiers returning from Iraq and Afganistan.

In addition to expressing their thanks, they gave the soldiers a gold, custom coin with the Super Bowl logo on one side and "Thank you for your service" on the other.

As the Big Game gets closer, these volunteers will be doing other things, too -- like greeting people at hotels, working in the Super Bowl offices, or helping out with transportation. Whitelaw

 Amanda Whitelaw (pictured at right), who is coordinating the 10,000 or so Super Bowl volunteers, said it just made sense for the volunteers to also be a part of the airport's Welcome Home A Hero program. 

"We wanted to do some different outreach projects througout the region," she said. "We said, 'What makes sense?, because there are so many amazing causes and great philanthropic organizations in North Texas.' We heard about Welcome Home a Hero and we said, 'We have to be part of it.' "

 Super Bowl volunteers will be welcoming home troops every day during the month of December. Here's a quick video to show you how it went Wednesday night:


-- Melody McDonald