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Sports Enthusiast volunteers are passionate individuals who dedicate their time to support sporting events that benefit charitable organizations. The time given by these volunteers allows the execution of events which in turn provides exposure and fundraising opportunities for non-profit beneficiaries
The Sports Enthusiasts program gives community members a chance to be involved in their community, be a part of their favorite sporting events and support various charities while having a great time with friends and family. Sports Enthusiast may register to volunteer for a variety of roles that vary by event. Positions may be available for a wide array of skills and interest, ranging from registering athletes and distributing information, to providing course side refreshments at water and food stations.
PE4life is the official Sports Enthusiast Program beneficiary. PE4life inspires active, healthy living by advancing the development of quality, daily physical education programs for all children. Daily physical education provides a simple and inexpensive solution to reduce children's exposure to chronic diseases, while fostering lifelong fitness habits. For more information, please visit www.pe4life.org.
Depending on the event, different age limitations apply. Most events require that our Sports Enthusiast volunteers are at least 12 years of age. For safety reasons, volunteers under the age limitation are not allowed to volunteer or accompany you. Sports Enthusiasts under 18 years of age must have parental/guardian consent and Sports Enthusiasts under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
To register as a Sports Enthusiast, please click on the register link and provide us with your contact information. You will receive our bi-monthly "Sports Enthusiast E-Newsletter" which provides information about upcoming events and other interesting stories. We will also inform you via email every time we add an event to our web site for you to view and register if interested.
Sports Enthusiasts will receive confirmation of the shifts for which they have been scheduled. Confirmations will be mailed approximately 30 days prior to the event or emailed after that time. Confirmation will include further information on parking, directions, and other useful information.
As a Sports Enthusiast you will receive one piece of apparel per event and one snack per shift.
Volunteer for any of the events included in the current Sports Enthusiast Calendar, and you will receive a Walt Disney World® Resort 1 Day (1 Theme Park) ticket for every sixteen (16) points completed.
Please note, the Walt Disney World® Marathon, Half Marathon, Disney's Princess Half Marathon, Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and the Children's Miracle Network Golf Classic are not included in this points program. Appreciation items vary for these events.
Theme park tickets will be distributed by mail within thirty days upon completion of every sixteen points.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Sports Enthusiast Appreciation Program
How can Sports Enthusiast receive points?
Sports Enthusiasts can receive points by volunteering for and completing a scheduled shift at an event listed on the official Sports Enthusiast calendar.
How many points will Sports Enthusiast receive?
Sports Enthusiasts will receive one (1) point for each hour completed of a scheduled shift at an event listed on the official Sports Enthusiast calendar
When will Sports Enthusiast receive a Walt Disney World® One Day One Park theme park ticket?
Tickets will be distributed by mail within 30 days upon completion of the event at which sixteen (16) points have been accrued.
What if the scheduled shift ends early?
Sports Enthusiast will receive credit for the duration of the scheduled shift.
What if the scheduled shift takes longer?
If a Sports Enthusiast agrees to stay, he or she will receive credit until their task ends.
What if a Sports Enthusiast arrives early for his or her shift?
Sports Enthusiast will receive credit beginning at the scheduled time of his or her shift.
What if the Sports Enthusiast leaves early from a shift?
Sports Enthusiasts will receive credit only up to the time he or she leaves
What if the Sports Enthusiast works multiple shifts at the same event or on the same day?
Sports Enthusiast will receive one point for each one hour they complete. Sports Enthusiast will not receive more than one point per hour completed.
What if the shift times overlap?
Sports Enthusiast will not receive more than one point per hour completed
What if different lengths of shifts are offered?
It is the discretion of the Sports Enthusiast to determine the shift for which he or she wants to volunteer.
What if Sports Enthusiast works as a Team Leader?
Currently, the appreciation calculation system will not change for Team Leaders.
What if a Sports Enthusiast has points left over at the end of the Sports Enthusiast calendar?
They will expire and no longer accrue or be redeemable.
Team Leader Opportunities
Team Leaders volunteers are needed to oversee specific volunteer locations. Team Leaders are required to attend Team Leader Training and shadow three different areas before becoming a Sports Enthusiast team leader. Other expectations include commitment prior to and on event day, strong leadership skills, dependability, and availability. Team Leaders receive additional incentives due to the additional time commitment.
To become a team leader for any of our events, please call 407-938-3880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have ten or more people you can reserve a Sports Enthusiast location for your group. Group registration utilizes customized options and assures you will be assigned together at the same location and times. Groups will be assigned locations depending on availability.
Please call 407-938-3880 or email email@example.com for more information.
Q: How many people do I need to qualify as a Sports Enthusiast group?
Q: What are the benefits of registering as a Sports Enthusiast group?
Q: How do I register a new group to participate as a Sports Enthusiast group?
Q: How do I register my group for specific events?
Q: How do I notify my group members to register?
Q: What if my group can register more people than are needed at one particular position?
Q: Why was our group assigned less shifts than were requested?
Q: Can I find out who from my group has registered?
Q: What if my group has filled the expected number of volunteers and more people want to register?
Q: What if my group has not filled the expected number of volunteers by the deadline?
Q: What if my group has last minute cancellations or a high rate of volunteers not showing?
Q: What if I am no longer the group liaison?
What if I am unable to fulfill my volunteer commitment?
If you are unable to commit to an event that you registered for, please contact our Sports Enthusiast Information Line at 407-938-3880 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm not able to attend, can I send someone in my place?
No. We do appreciate advance notice if you are not able to attend so that we can plan accordingly.
I wasn't able to register, should I just show up?
No. Due to event planning considerations, we are typically not able to accommodate "walk up" volunteers.
Where do I check in for my volunteer shift?
The location for volunteer check-in varies by event. Please be sure to read your Confirmation Letter and Reminder Emails for details.
Is there training for Volunteers?
Training is typically done at the start of your shift. Some events do require training prior to the event. Details are provided as necessary.
What should I bring?
What should I NOT bring?
How do I obtain an Event Waiver?
Event Waivers are available on line at disneysportsenthusiast.com and on-site at each event. We ask that you bring your completed waiver with you to expedite the check-in process.
What should I wear?
We ask that you wear neutral color pants or shorts and comfortable shoes. You may also bring a hat or other weather-related items (i.e. sunscreen, sunglasses, rain jacket, etc…).
If working multiple days of an event, please wear the volunteer shirt you received for the event.
Where do I park?
The parking location for volunteers varies by event. Please be sure to read your Confirmation letter and reminder emails for details.
When should I arrive for my shift?
You are expected to arrive at the time specified on your confirmation letter. It is not necessary to arrive earlier than specified, as time has been allotted for you to complete the check-in process.
What should I expect when I arrive for my shift?
Signs should direct you to Volunteer Check-In where you will:
Will I be able to view my schedule online after I register?
Yes, if you registered with an Active.com account and have the link provided within the specific event email confirmation message.
Please keep in mind that there may be changes that will require us to adjust assignments as necessary. A confirmation will be sent to you approximately 30 days prior to your scheduled shift.
How do I know what shifts I am scheduled for?
You will receive confirmation information stating your confirmed shifts, which may differ from what you initially selected. Please keep in mind that there may be changes that will require us to adjust assignments as necessary.
I will be traveling from out of town and need accommodations. Do you offer any special discounts for volunteers?
Typically, Disney does not provide discounted accommodations for volunteers. We recommend you contact our Disney Reservation Center, 407- WDISNEY or 407-934-7639.
Are waiting lists maintained for events that are full?
Typically we do not maintain a wait list for events.
How do I know what I'll be doing at an event?
Role descriptions are available on our website. You will be given your role assignment when you check in for your shift.
How do I know that I am confirmed?
You will receive a confirmation letter prior to the event. You may call our Information Line to verify your registration. 407-938-3880
Tips for registering with Active.com
When you register for an event there are 3 options that you can chose when on Active.com
1. Log in using your MyActive account
2. Create a MyActive account for future registration
3. Log in Active.com as a guest and you will not need to create an account.
If you create an account on Active, the system will remember your information and can help expedite your registration process as well as being able to view previous registrations. If you register as a guest, you will NOT be able to view your events for which you have registered.
How can I check how many points I have accumulated from volunteering?
You may contact our Sports Enthusiast Information Line (407-938-3880) or send an email (email@example.com) and someone will contact you within 48 hours.
Does Disney provide transportation from the resorts to the volunteer check in locations?
No, volunteers are responsible to provide transportation to and from the event.
If it is raining the day of my volunteer shift, will the event still happen?
The events will continue rain or shine.
Do you offer childcare while I am volunteering?
No, we do not provide childcare when you are volunteering. We ask that you secure those arrangements prior to registering for the event.
How do I become a Team Leader?
The process for becoming qualified includes attending a training session followed by three shadow opportunities with current team leaders. If satisfactory evaluations of your shadow opportunities are received, you will be added to the list of qualified team leaders.
What is the minimum age to volunteer at an event?
The eligibility age is listed per event on our website. Please refer to each event for specific ages.
How many hours is a shift at each event?
The number of hours per shift varies per event. Shift times are specified when registering for an event.
What is the difference between a team leader and a group liaison?
A Group Liaison is a person who organizes and gathers a group for a specific event.
A Team Leader is a person who is trained to act as an extension of the Volunteer Services and Community Outreach Team and shows strong leadership skills and be able to manage 10- 75 volunteers.
How does the appreciation point system work?
Please refer to the Appreciation FAQ