Here's a message to all those 8- to 13-year-olds who said "I could do that" as they watched Olympic curling.
Time to step up.
Ice sweeper auditions are being held at the Triangle Sportsplex in Hillsborough this Sunday for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which are being held in Greensboro.
Ice sweeper is the technical term for the kids who clear the ice of stuffed animals and other mementos tossed by spectators after a skater performs.
Having ice sweepers collect the items is apparently a time-honored figure skating tradition, sort of like having middle-aged men rush out to pick up all the hats after a hockey player nets his third goal.
"The role of sweeper is a very important one at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships,” Scott Cudmore, figure skating director at Polar Ice in Wake Forest, said in a release. “The ice sweepers are in the spotlight – both in front of large crowds of spectators but also on national television – all while performing a very helpful service to the athletes.”
The organizers are looking for volunteers between the ages of 8 and 13, so if you're an adult thinking about reenacting the Seinfeld episode where Kramer becomes a U.S. Open ball boy forget about it.
To audition, you must be a member of a U.S. Figure Skating club, or a Basic Skills participant, in the Carolinas.
More than 120 skaters have already applied to audition, so you better hurry if you want to get your sweep on.
For more information go here.