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Volunteers set stage for Travelers Championship

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Volunteers help patrons at the Travelers Championship on Thursday. (WFSB) Volunteers help patrons at the Travelers Championship on Thursday. (WFSB)
CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) -

Tournament officials have called the volunteers the backbone of the Travelers Championship. 

Thousands of people donate their time and effort throughout the tournament to make sure it goes off with out a hitch.  

Organizers said their goal is to put everyone's talents to good use such as directing visitors, helping the media and providing information about the event. 

Eyewitness News talked to Ed Church, who is a member from the team of volunteers at Hartford Hospital. He said stepping in to help out with such a great event was an easy decision.

"Volunteering is such a cool thing," Church said. "It's an opportunity to get outside your own bubble, learn and meet people from all over." 

Travelers Championship director Nathan Grube recognized the work of the volunteers during the kickoff ceremony.

"If you see someone in a red shirt, say 'thank you' to them," Grube previously said. "We could not do this event without them. We have a growing volunteer base. which is extremely rare on the PGA tour." 

Grube said their volunteer program has grown from 1,200 volunteers to 1,600, Grube added.

Volunteers, who must be 16 years old and work at least two shifts, receive an official Travelers Championship golf shirt along with a hat or visor, one weekly volunteer grounds admission, a parking pass, valid for each day of volunteering. During each shift, they are entitled to a complimentary meal and are invited to the volunteer party on Saturday of tournament week. 

To sign up to volunteer at the Travelers Championship, click here

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