POSTED: February 7th 2017
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New digitally powered Volunteer Service Program launched by LA 2024

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MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) LA 2024 has vowed to harness Angelenos' passion for volunteerism and the Games by officially announcing a digitally powered Volunteer Service Program.

Los Angeles is bidding against Budapest and Paris to host the summer Olympics.

The first-of-its-kind program will draw attention to volunteer and community service opportunities for Angeleno in 2017 to make a difference in their communities. This will offer palpable benefits to the region while the bidding phase is ongoing.

"The LA 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games will be a celebration of all Angelenos and the diverse communities of Southern California. 18 million talented, creative, and caring Angelenos are our greatest asset for hosting the Games. If Los Angeles is elected host city, tens of thousands of Angelenos would volunteer to support the events and welcome the world to our city. But we're not waiting until 2024. LA 2024 wants to use the power of the Games to galvanize volunteerism today, making LA an even better place to live for all Angelenos, well before the Games," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

Participants will be able to engage with the program online through the use of a desktop or mobile device. Participants will also receive priority consideration for volunteer chances at the 2024 Games if LA is chosen as the host city, as a show of recognition of their service throughout the bid phase and leading up to the Games. This allows for LA 2024 to have an experienced and dedicated team of volunteers, who will have a detailed understanding of LA 2024's Games Plan, allowing them to provide visiting athletes and spectators with world-class service.

LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans commented, "Thank you to the hundreds of Angelenos who have already signed up to join LA 2024 as we give back to our communities and make a difference in our communities today. We hope many more join us in this effort. Shows of support like these bring to life what polls tell us - that an overwhelming 88% of Angelenos want to bring the Games back to LA in 2024. The Olympic enthusiasm that LA 2024 will harness to give back to our communities today is the same enthusiasm that athletes, fans, and members of the Olympic Family can expect when they are warmly welcomed here in 2024."

LA 2024's relationship with companies and non-profit organizations will be critical to the operation of the program. Those involved will include United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Angel City Sports, CicLAvia, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Goldhirsh Foundation, Heal the Bay, LA's BEST, LA Marathon, and LA84 Foundation. In addition, LA 2024 will collaborate with other philanthropic, corporate, and non-profit organizations on community service projects.

Chairman Wasserman stated, "On behalf of LA 2024, thank you to all of the organizations that are partnering with us on this program. Together we will ensure that the legacy of the 2024 Games begins today."

Angelenos can sign up at www.la24.org/volunteer.

The IOC will vote their final host city September 13 in Lima, Peru.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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