April 06, 2019 06:07 PM
Thousands of volunteers are working around the clock to help make Final Four weekend in Minneapolis a success.
They're stationed throughout the city, in places like Fan Fest, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, the skyways and downtown streets.
Coordinators say volunteers play a key role because they not only help the events run smoothly, they also have face-to-face contact with fans, giving visitors a glimpse into what life is like here in Minnesota.
"It's just like, 'Hey, this is Minnesota!,'" said volunteer Paula Anderson. "Have a great experience. Enjoy it!"
Coordinators said all 2,000 volunteer slots filled up in just a few hours back in December, much quicker than some other cities that have hosted the Final Four. They even opened up several waitlists to accommodate the large number of people who wanted to help.
"I just love college basketball and the opportunity to be part of bringing such a big event to Minneapolis, I really wanted to be a part of that and just help the visitors have fun while they're here," said volunteer Keith Wilson, who is also a local basketball coach. "It's a lot of work, but fun."
Most of the volunteers are from Minnesota, representing 250 different cities throughout our state. Others flew in from places like Florida, Maryland and even Australia.
Volunteers will be working at various sites through Monday.
Updated: April 06, 2019 06:07 PM
Created: April 06, 2019 12:12 PM
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