Chicago 2016 announced Tuesday that more than 5,000 people have volunteered to help it’s bid, with more than 1,000 people registering since the start of the Beijing Summer Games on August 8.
In a press release Chicago 2016 said “volunteers play an integral part in the bid’s success, and their support demonstrates the city’s enthusiasm” in bringing the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago.
Partrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016 said, “volunteers are vital to host Chicago 2016’s operations, and we thank everyone involved for helping in our bid to become a host city. The Beijing Games were an amazing experience, in large part because of the overwhelming support from everyone in China and the thousands of volunteers who took part in hosting the Games”.
According to the press release the diverse events supported by Chicago 2016 allow volunteers to pursue their hobbies and interests while helping the bid spread the word about the Olympic Movement.