PUBLISHED: 1:16 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Local group raises funds with annual spaghetti feed
Special Olympics
Special Olympics gives athletes ages 8 and up with intellectual disabilities opportunities to participate in sports.

Juneau serves more than 45 athletes in bowling, floor hockey, aquatics, basketball and track and field, said Marla Adams, community director.

The organization is ran by volunteers and the $30,000 a year budget is gained through donations.

To raise funds a spaghetti feed and auction will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Centennial Hall.

Juneau athletes not only participate in local events, but also go on to compete in state, national and international competitions.

"It gives them an opportunity to grow as people and get out and participate in the community," Adams said.

Volunteer Judy Urquhart has been involved in Special Olympics for more than three years.

"The organization serves so many athletes that might not have a venue to compete in their sport of choice without Special Olympics," Urquhart said.

"It's infectious to be around them. If anyone ever wants to be uplifted, go to the bowling alley on a Sunday afternoon. It will make you happy just being with the athletes."

The number of Juneau athletes who advance to events beyond the local level is limited because of funds, Adams said.

She said Special Olympics is in need of volunteers to assist with the new floor hockey program as well as "behind the scenes" help.

For more information, call Adams at 523-6018.