More than 80 children and adults from the Verde Valley, the youngest 8 and the oldest 81, participate as athletes in Special Olympics events throughout the year.
It is a program that requires an occasional infusion of money to help provide equipment as well as transportation to and from competition around the state.
This Sunday, Aug. 12, at Butler Park in Camp Verde (behind Camp Verde Middle School at the corner of Fort Lincoln Road and Garner Lane), between 1 and 5 p.m., Verde Valley Special Olympics will host a fund-raiser softball game between the Special Olympics softball team and a team sponsored by Rocky Construction.
Roasted corn, donated by Hauser Farms, as well as hot dogs, sodas and root beer floats, will be sold to raise money. Donations will also be accepted.
"Special Olympics goes year round. We have swimming, softball, floor hockey, bowling, basketball, track and field and bocce ball.
"I always have to think of ways to do a fund-raiser. So when this opportunity comes up to not only raise money but also give the Special Olympians some play time, we go for it," says Special Olympics organizer Debbie Justus.
All proceeds of the game, which is actually a doubleheader, will go to the Verde Valley Special Olympics delegation. The delegation consists of athletes from Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, Camp Verde, Sedona and Rimrock.
-- Steve Ayers