September 29, 2017 06:49 PM
As a volunteer coordinator with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Matt Snyder has interviewed dozens of people hoping to help out with Super Bowl LII in February 2018.
"Are you willing to be outside for an extended period of time?" Snyder asked an interviewee.
"Yeah, I think Super Bowl Live sounds pretty cool," Richard Makowski replied, who is applying for one of the unpaid positions.
But this interview was different. Snyder and Makowski spoke using Skype. Makowski is one of a handful of international volunteer applicants. The group received interest from as far away as Australia.
The Host Committee says 90 percent of the applicants are Minnesotans and appeared for interviews in-person at the volunteer headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. But for those who are coming from far away, many are submitting videos or connecting using Skype to have an interview.
"We're looking for big smiles and bold personalities, and more than anything, excitement about the Super Bowl and about Minnesota," Michael Howard, communications director for the Host Committee, said.
Howard said they Host Committee will conduct more than 15,000 interviews once the final round is finished this weekend. No more applications are being accepted for Crew 52. They will choose 10,000 volunteers who will then help visitors navigate the Twin Cities and Super Bowl events. They'll be stationed in high traffic areas like the skyways and at the airport.
"Football in general is growing at a pretty fast pace in Germany," Makowski said.
Makowski is in Pennsylvania right now studying as an exchange student at Gannon University. He says he realizes being a volunteer doesn't mean he'll get to watch the game, or even get inside US Bank Stadium.
"Just to be there and part of the pulse and vibe," he said. "I'm just looking forward to that."
The volunteers are on their own to find housing. Makowski said he's coming with a group of students and has a place to stay in Plymouth.
"Really from the first hello to the last goodbye our volunteers are going to be that welcoming face," Howard said.
Updated: September 29, 2017 06:49 PM
Created: September 29, 2017 06:48 PM
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