Name: Jose Quiray
Team: Lake Washington
Years with League: 3
Describe your volunteer service:
I’m the Emcee!
Why are you volunteering/how did you start volunteering?
My girlfriend Susan coaches on the Lake Washington Middle School Composite team and it was a great way to spend time together over the weekend, since I travel so much for my day job. And since I was there, I have done some emceeing in the past with other events and tours and it just felt right to help out.
What do you like best about it?
The community of the League and the people that I get to interact with! And well as watching it grown each year! Ensuring that we stay on time and everyone has fun and trying to make sure that each athlete gets his or her name acknowledged to the public over the air.
What’s been an inspiring moment for you?
When the League community can get behind each and all of the athletes as they finish the race all the way down to the last person of each category!
How have you seen the mission fulfilled through your work?
It may be a race, but you can see the empowerment that it gives to each athlete (no matter what their finish position) and the confidence that they have when they finish a race.
Why do you think this program is important for students?
It can let any athlete take a chance on trying a new sport if they never have done it before, or improve their skills if they enjoy riding. The volunteer coaching from each team can support the athletes on getting better — not just teaching them biking skills but teaching them life skills as well.
How has volunteering impacted you and/or the rest of your life?
It has impacted me for sure, it gives me a smile every time an athlete finishes a race.
What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a volunteer?
Do it! The League cannot survive without volunteers. Each team should offer a couple of volunteers for each race, and it would be so much easier if more people helped out rather than relying on the same people doing it each weekend. There is a job or opportunity to be a part of the race even if you don’t ride a bike.
What’s one word that describes your experience with the League?
Anything else you want to share?
Please come out and experience all the League has to offer from watching to volunteering!