Volunteer motivations at a National Special Olympics event

Khoo, S. and Engelhorn, R. (2011) Volunteer motivations at a National Special Olympics event. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 28 (1). pp. 27-39. ISSN 0736-5829,

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Abstract

Understanding the motivations for people to volunteer with the management and execution of major sporting events is important for the recruitment and retention of the volunteers. This research investigated volunteer motivations at the first National Special Olympics held in Ames, Iowa, USA in July 2006. A total of 289 participants completed the 28 item Special Event Volunteer Motivation Scale. The top motivations related to the purposive incentives of wanting to help make the event a success and to do something good for the community. Factor analysis revealed a five-factor model, with the altruistic factor (purposive) being the most important. A MANCOVA was also used to compare subjects using both gender and experience as independent variables. Small but significant differences in motivation were observed.

Item Type: Article
Funders: UNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: Volunteers; Motivation; Special Olympics; Special event
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Sports Centre
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 03:22
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 03:22
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/14279

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