Here You Will Find Basic Information About Pot-A-Plant
A historical overview of the program, policies and procedures and a 'national outreach' fill-in form that you can use to register your state program’s interest in incorporating Pot-A-Plant into your Summer Games activities.
Complete our Affiliate Survey to express your program's interest in the Pot-A-Plant Experience. Doing such is not a commitment to including Pot-A-Plant in your venue, but rather an indication to us to begin the process of locating a local plantscaper or horticultural therapist in your city with whom you can interact.Our Objective:
To enhance the Special Olympics experience, the Pot-A-Plant program
was created to offer athletes
an opportunity to commune with nature. The potting activity encourages athletes to touch and feel
soil and learn how to handle and care for live plants.
It is a simple form of horticultural therapy that has great impact. The program is one of the most
popular extracurricular activities during the Summer Games.
state affiliate has its own web page on the Pot-A-Plant web site.
Volunteers may sign-up for the event through this web page. After each summer event, the local coordinator can submit photos, volunteer and vendor names for inclusion on your program's web page.
We also keep your upcoming event information updated.
Visit an affiliate State Web Site example.
1. Pot-A-Plant is a coordinated, volunteer program that provides
horticultural therapy activities
for athletes during
free time at the Special Olympics Summer Games. It is normally a booth in the Olympic Village, Sponsor Village
or Expo Park.
2. Booth space will be provided by the local Olympic Village
3. Pot-A-Plant is coordinated by a Regional Coordinator, usually an interior plantscaper local to the Summer Games venue and appointed by the Pot-A-Plant Director.
4. The Regional Coordinator oversees the operations of the local program and coordinates with Special Olympics and Sponsor staff to effect its implementation.Specifically, The Regional Coordinator Will:
A. Gather a team of assistants with whom to work and assign procurement responsibilities.
B. Procure all materials needed for the booth. Activity materials can be procured through donations and/or coordination with Special Olympics and Sponsor staff.
- 2” plants, 4-5 varieties
- 4” empty plastic nursery pots
- Potting soil
- Plastic cups for water
- Deep plastic saucers in which to perform repotting tasks
- Small plastic sandwich bags
- Lunch-sized paper bags
- Pre-printed plant care labels
C. Recruit and train volunteers to staff the booth and create a work schedule. Recruitment is normally performed by
word-of-mouth or email solicitation in advance of the event. Volunteerism is handled differently across the country.
D. Maintain communication with Special Olympics and Sponsor staff.
E. Maintain interface with the Pot-A-Plant webmaster for website needs.
F. Maintain communication with the Pot-A-Plant Director.