Calling All Volunteers! New Haven Open Looks for Volunteers for 2013 Event

Each year some 450 local volunteers help the New Haven Open by assisting fans on the grounds, running the tournament media center and serving as transport drivers for the tennis stars who descend upon the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

This year, with the tournament just over two weeks away, volunteer coordinator Jean Walker is putting out the call for more volunteers to sign up before Aug. 10.

NHO Volunteers 2It has been all about preparation for Walker, who directs seven area leaders starting in March to help prepare for the tournament.

Volunteers are split into seven groups, according to skills, schedule and preference: transport, ushers, general (main gates, etc), the Aetna FitZone, player services, press center and ball kids.

“Volunteers get two New Haven open shirts, meal-ticket vouchers for the sessions he or she works, a hat or jacket and credentials to watch the tennis,” Walker said of the amenities provided for those who volunteer.

This year, the New Haven Open takes place Aug. 16-24.

“It’s a great week to be a volunteer,” Walker said. “You’re providing a service. We as Connecticut people give them the best. We have so many volunteers who come back; it’s like a family.”

Ball Kids Dancing

Last year at the conclusion of the tournament, ballkids and volunteers showed their appreciation for Tournament Director Anne Worcester by performing a flash mob on Stadium Court!

Volunteers can sign up through this Saturday, Aug. 10 by emailing Jean at volunteers@newhavenopen.com.

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