Today when I opened my work e-mail, I found an email from the Dick's Sporting Goods Open reminding me that volunteer uniforms go on sale this weekend. Dick's Sporting Goods open week starts Monday, August 13th and runs through the 19th at the En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott.

I volunteer as a walking scorer for the tournament every year. The walking score is the person that walks with the players with a handheld device to keep count of every stroke they take during the tournament. I've also volunteered as part of the transportation team for the last two years. As a member of that team, I have spent the Friday before the Dick's Open helping to drive cars from the car rental shops to the golf course so the players have transportation for the week they are in town.

I look forward to the Dick's Sporting Goods Open every year for a couple of reasons. First of all, I love golf and with the Champions Tour visiting Broome County, I get to see some of the best players who have ever played the game, including Hall of Fame members, up close and in person. We also live within walking distance of En-Joie, so we have friends that park at our house and we have a get-together on our patio after each round of golf. I love volunteering at the tournament every year because it takes thousands of volunteers to make this event possible. And I feel like I am doing my part to keep the biggest event in Broome County going every year. I think our area is lucky to have a professional sports event in our small community.

There is still time for you to volunteer for this year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open. You can log on to their website and decide what you would like to do. From working with the media to picking up players at the airports, to working concession stands, even helping to set up and tear down, there is something that everybody can do. Some of the perks of being a volunteer are the volunteer party the Friday night before the tournament starts, free admission to watch the golf, and if you are like me, you'll have an incredible feeling afterward knowing you helped pull off a PGA Tour event that raises millions of dollars for local charities. So why don't you join me and volunteer for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open? Click here for more information.

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