Of AnnapolisVolunteer work: Mrs. Wilson's...


August 15, 1993

JUDY WILSON of Annapolis

Volunteer work: Mrs. Wilson's volunteer efforts for the Special Olympics span a decade. She has been involved wherever she has lived, from her native Virginia to New York and now Maryland.

Mrs. Wilson says the basketball, softball, track and field and swim teams show that the Special Olympics offers year-round opportunities for the mentally disabled, "not just for children."

In the past year, Mrs. Wilson has helped coordinate adult programs for Special Olympics in the county by canvassing for participants, recruiting coaches and volunteers, locating gym space for practices, as well as coaching bowling, basketball, softball, track and field, and swimming teams.

"The average age of my basketball team was 42," she notes.

She also does clerical and administrative work for her programs.

As a recreational therapist for the Association for Retarded Citizens in Annapolis, she knows how to get the most from the people she works with at the Special Olympics.

Just this spring, her basketball team played a game during the halftime activities at the county's All-Star High School Basketball Tournament at Annapolis High. Her softball team recently placed second in a statewide tournament.

Mrs. Wilson plans to continue her work to increase adult participation in Special Olympics, particularly the basketball and skiing program.

Volunteer's comment: "In the past year under the supervision of Jane Harkaway [the county's Special Olympics director], the county's Special Olympics programs for adults have expanded and received numerous compliments. Things are a lot different -- the quality of the program has really improved."

Organization information: For more information on Special Olympics programs, contact the Association of Retarded Citizens at 269-1883.To recommend someone for the Volunteer Spotlight, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1 (800) 829-8000, Ext. 8911, any time or fax nominations to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

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