How to Volunteer at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open

Ben Schenk

How to Volunteer at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open

CREATED Jan. 12, 2012

INDIAN WELLS - The BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, to be held March 5-18, 2012 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, offers three great ways to become involved in the tournament: serve as a volunteer, tryout to become a ballkid or compete in the Pre-Qualifying Tournament.

From directing fans to their seats on Stadium Court to working with hundreds of international media members in the state of the art media center to transporting players around the Coachella Valley, more than 1,000 volunteers representing The Champions Volunteer Foundation help the world-class sporting event run smoothly.

Volunteers can request to work on any of the 20 different committees including ushers, transportation, player services, media services and special events.
Not only do these hard-working individuals aid with the inner-workings of the tournament, but they also have the added benefit of watching some of the best tennis in the world for free.

In addition to those volunteers, each year the tournament selects a group of approximately 300 ballkids between the ages of 12 and 20 to work on court with the pros. BNP Paribas Open ballkids are some of the best in the world, and to join their ranks for the first time, youngsters must attend four out of eight training sessions from Jan 28- Feb. 21, to learn the ins and outs of the job, and work a minimum of five sessions (including two day sessions) at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open.

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