The team organizing the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto is sprinting ahead with an ambitious schedule of test events and recruiting activities. Soon all fans will be able to participate in a momentum building “One Year Countdown” event scheduled for July 11 and 12. The event will follow the popular sports event countdown format with personal appearances by sports stars and concerts by popular lives bands in a large venue open to the general public at no charge. Lead IT sponsor Cisco Systems is helping to make this possible and will unveil its Cisco logo countdown clock as an encore to the memorable Omega Countdown clock that graced the venues of the 2014 Winter Olympics. This special event will take place in Nathan Phillips Square, directly across from Toronto City Hall.
The countdown celebration will be literally just the start. A force of 20,000 well trained volunteers is planned to prepare every detail for the largest sports event ever held in Canada, with athletes from 51 summer sports and 15 paralympic sports represented. Chevrolet has stepped forward to sponsor the innovative volunteer recruiting program, which will also support its corporate goal of improving workforce education.
Toronto will host the Pan American Games next year from July 10 to July 26. This sports event will feature over 10,000 athletes from throughout the Western Hemisphere. Many of the facilities and volunteers will perform an encore at the Parapan Games for athletes in Paralympic sports August 7 to 15, 2015.
The volunteer recruiting program will employ a customized web based video system for interviews. It will be the largest scale recruiting program using online video to date. The 20,000 strong volunteer force will staff athletes village complexes as well as 31 sports venues. The volunteers will get more than training and experience. Toronto 2015 is planning a formal credential program that will reward volunteers with a training certificate from the Province of Ontario that adds resume value.
The advanced technology Internet videoconferencing interview platform is making it possible to recruit volunteers from all over the world. To date, volunteers from as far away as Australia and South America have already applied. Volunteers are responsible for their own transport to the games and their accommodations, but a local university helps make this affordable. Ryerson University, located near City Hall, rents furnished student rooms at the rate of US $ 750 for a 30 day stay. That leaves time to complete an entire assignment at the Pan American Games and also practice your own sports at the many public athletic facilities in the Toronto area.