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Student Volunteers Come Out In Force for the Summer Universiade at NTHU
Volleyball fans, heads up! This year the Summer Universiade (World University Games) was held in Taiwan for the first time, and the men's volleyball preliminaries and intermediate rounds got off to an exciting start on August 20 at the NTHU gymnasium. Some 50 well-trained NTHU students assisted in such specialized areas as score-keeping and grounds-keeping, and balls-picking. Another 100 NTHU students gave up their summer internships so that they could serve as volunteers at this important international event.
 
Many of the volunteers are also members of the NTHU Volleyball Team, and learned a lot by observing the techniques of players from such countries as Canada, Australia, and Russia. On the afternoon of 17th NTHU president Hocheng Hong paid a visit to the enthusiastic volunteers, provided them with a sports drink, and encouraged them to interact with the foreign players. He also went to the security room to extend his sincere gratitude to thank the security guards for all their hard work behind the scenes.
 
NTHU Women’s Volleyball Team member Chen Jing of the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering said that she began playing volleyball 13 years ago while in the fourth grade, and now knows all about the famous volleyball players from such places as Japan, Hong Kong, and Russia. In April this year she was greatly pleased to learn that the Universiade was recruiting students as staff members. At first, thinking that it would conflict with her school work and internship, she hesitated to apply, but finally did so when one of her teachers encouraged her to take advantage of this rare opportunity.
 
As a result, Chen decided to give up her internship for one of the last two positions to record offenses and defenses. Chen said with a laugh that she had a hard time focusing on her job while fending off the ever-present impulse to rush over to ask a famous player for an autograph.
 
Team member Wang Yiting of the Department of Quantitative Finance has been both a player and a cordial fan over the past ten years, and likes searching the Internet for the latest volleyball results and films from the Top Volleyball League. When she learned that the Universiade was recruiting staff, she immediately filled out the application form.
 
As for NTHU Men’s Volleyball Team members, Zhuo Xianliang of the Department of Chemistry served as a groundskeeper, and Cai Lixuan of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature worked as an off-court volunteer, and both found it to be a highly rewarding experience.
 
In preparation for the event, NTHU spent NT$45 million to refurbish the 25-year-old gymnasium, including bringing up to international standards the showers, toilets, lighting, and air conditioning, as well as increasing the seating capacity. Interestingly, during the renovation project everyone was pleasantly surprised to find that the gymnasium’s maple flooring was still in perfect condition after 25 years of use.
 
A large number of NTHU students assisted at this year’s Summer Universiade.

A large number of NTHU students assisted at this year’s Summer Universiade.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong offering the enthusiastic volunteers a sports drink and encouraging them to interact with the foreign players.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong offering the enthusiastic volunteers a sports drink and encouraging them to interact with the foreign players.

Members of the NTHU Men’s Volleyball Team trying out the court.

Members of the NTHU Men’s Volleyball Team trying out the court.

We’re ready! Members of NTHU’s volley ball teams had a rewarding experience volunteering at the Summer Universiade.

We’re ready! Members of NTHU’s volley ball teams had a rewarding experience volunteering at the Summer Universiade.

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