• Thousands of volunteers preparing to welcome massive crowds for Super Bowl 53

    By: Berndt Petersen

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    ATLANTA - A metro area woman who beat cancer is going to be an ambassador of sorts for the city of Atlanta. She will lead a crew of volunteers who are working Super Bowl 53.

    When Charlotte Scarlett looks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, what she feels inside is every bit as big as the building.

    “This is amazing," she told Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen.

    Scarlett wanted to volunteer to work Super Bowl 53. When the selection committee met her, they made her a captain of the volunteers. 


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    "It's infectious, the energy and excitement she brings and the dedication of helping people. That's what the volunteer crew is all about," said Brett Daniels with the Super Bowl Host Committee.

    Channel 2 Action News was there over the summer when the first wave of more than 33,000 people applied for the 10,000 volunteer positions.   

    Two weeks ago, those who made the cut gathered for a pep rally inside the stadium.   

    Scarlett said she has studied the preparations for last year's Super Bowl in Minneapolis.  

    "It don't add up to Atlanta. Atlanta has got it. Team Atlanta! It is awesome," Scarlett told Petersen. 

    For Scarlett, helping is a calling. She volunteers at her church, at Grady Memorial Hospital and with the American Cancer Society.

    "I'm a 20-year breast cancer survivor. So, I like to let people see what it looks like on the other side. You can survive. Cancer is no longer a death sentence," Scarlett said.

    She believes survivors have a certain spirit that's a perfect fit for volunteerism.

    "What do you need? What are you looking for? How can I help you? I always try to give 100 percent when I do that," Scarlett said.  

    The volunteers get their official uniforms next month. In January, job-specific training begins for all 10,000 of them.

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