Answering The Call

By Nicholas Goda | Oct. 05, 2012, 6 p.m. (ET)
Athletes volunteering for Ronald McDonald HouseTimothy Scott, Cortney Batchelor and Kevin McDowell volunteering at the Ronald McDonald Radiothon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The sound of ringing phones filled the air as athletes from the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center volunteered for the second annual Ronald McDonald Radiothon.

The Ronald McDonald Radiothon is an annual event held by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado and was presented on KLITE-106.3 to help raise money for the families of seriously and/or critically injured children to stay near the hospitals where their children are receiving treatment.

Athletes from various disciplines cycled through the 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. radiothon as they answered phones and took donations.

Volunteers were eager to get on the phones and help out.

“It’s something I felt like I should have done when they asked me to do it.  I hate turning down volunteer work,” said Cortney Batchelor, a weightlifting Olympic hopeful for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Athletes and other volunteering organizations gathered around a conference room table and waited for the donations to be called in.

“Hi, thank you for calling to support families for the Ronald McDonald House.  My name is ___ can I get your name,” became a common saying throughout the day.

Between calls the room was aglow with jokes and joyous attitudes.  During a small call-less period weightlifter Timothy Scott joked about pulling all the chairs from the table and playing a rendition of musical chairs that only ended with the next call.

Nobody agreed to play the game, but they did ask Scott and Batchelor about weightlifting as they waited for calls.

“It goes in spurts and right now, hopefully, it will pick up with everyone coming home from work and driving in their cars,” said Kevin McDowell, a triathlon Olympic hopeful for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, during the evening shift.

Volunteers helped themselves to food and drinks as they cheered one another for their latest donation.

Excitement couldn’t be contained as the final donations were added up and written on the official tally.

The event raised over $16,000, exceeding the amount raised last year, and Scott celebrated by raising his Ronald McDonald smile.

“It’s fun.  It’s such a blessing to have things provided for me so when they ask for me to help out I’m glad to help,” he explained.