2019 Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program – Volunteers Needed






Dear TAOP Member and Staff:

We are once again very excited to participate in the “Opening Eyes Program” for Special Olympics athletes during this year’s 2019 Summer Games on May 18, 2019 in Nashville.  This will be the 20th year that TAOP has participated in this program as part of Special Olympics.  This is a TAOP call for volunteers and we hope you choose to participate.  The program’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people with special needs by increasing their access to eye care.  The program also educates coaches, administrators and parents as to the importance of eye health and vision care in this patient population and to the athlete’s performance.  We encourage you to let your staff members know about this event and make sure they know that we need their help too.

We can personally attest that participation in a Special Olympics Opening Eyes event is an uplifting and rewarding experience.  Rotating through different screening stations, and working with new equipment and challenging patients, will provide you with an invaluable learning experience, enabling you to refine your skills for examining the special needs patient.

The screening takes place at Olympic Town, David Lipscomb University on May 18th from 9:00 A.M.- 3:00 P.M. CST.  All volunteers are to report to the screening area at Olympic Town by 8:00 AM CST for an orientation to the testing protocol and other information.  Breakfast will be served on site.

Food & Lodging:  The grant we receive from Special Olympics will pay for lodging (two persons per room for one night) and is limited to those traveling over 1 ½ hours to the screening site.  Your room will be billed to the master account, and you will be responsible for any additional incidentals.  Please indicate on the registration form that you will be needing a room and we will make hotel arrangements for you.  Location of the hotel is to be announced, it will be as close to David Lipscomb as we can secure.  Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided to all volunteers.

Screening Site:  The screening area will be at Olympic Town David Lipscomb University.  We will send exact location and parking instructions to volunteers as soon as it is available.

Attire:  The Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program will supply one T-shirt to each volunteer to present a professional image and identify you as a member of the screening team.

Equipment: All Doctors are requested to bring their hand instruments, ophthalmoscope and retinoscope.

Please complete the online registration form here, or print the downloadable version, located here, and email or fax it to the TAOP office:  email:  lesley@taoponline.org , fax:  615-269-5986.  If you have any questions about your participation in the screening or the screening itself, please do not hesitate to contact Gary or Lesley at 615-269-9092 or 1-800-451-2438.

We look forward to seeing you and we count on you sharing a most gratifying experience.