By Carolyn Paschal
Special to The SUN
There are two outs and the play is at home.
The ball is hit and the players jump into action.
The play is made and the dust settles.
Once again, the Pagosa Smashers come away winners. Winners reflected not only in the final score, but, as always, in the achievement felt by each participant.
The Pagosa Smashers Special Olympic softball team participated in The Four Corners Invitational, Aug. 16-17 in Farmington, N.M.
The team members had a great time and each athlete came home with a bronze medal.
The athletes were supported by eight volunteers who played alongside them to complete the unified team. These wonderful volunteers help the athletes with basic skills, encourage their efforts and provide valuable support to both the players and the coach.
The Pagosa Special Olympic athletes participate in several sports throughout the year in addition to softball, including bowling, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming and equestrian events. These activities teach the athletes sportsmanship and perseverance, and provide a sense of accomplishment that carries over into many aspects of their lives.
Special Olympics brings attention to a diverse group of individuals who want nothing more than to be contributing members of the community. Sports is the bond that brings them together, however, they also enjoy getting together for just plain fun such as barbecues, planting flowers downtown or enjoying a meal at a local restaurant.
To support all of these endeavors, there are several fund-raising efforts conducted throughout the year. If you know a potential athlete, would like to volunteer or help with fund-raising, call Patty Brown at 946-5143, or Carolyn Paschal at 946-3255.