Debbie Larson speaks with pride as she talks about her own athletic adventures in Special Olympics.
But Saturday, the Davenport woman joined friends from the Handicapped Development Center to volunteer as they do every year at the Bix 7 postrace party. Handing out packages of cookies to the runners, the crew of about 40 staffed two booths.
Gale Sherwood, an HDC resident counselor, said the volunteerism gives the participants more skills as they work to learn how to live independently. "I watch them stand up here and they're saying 'thank you' and 'have a good day' to the runners."
Long before the party, the HDC participants were involved in the set-up and organization of their booth.
"We also love doing it," said Sherwood, who was joined by her 17-month-old granddaughter, Amiyah, who was at her second Bix postrace party.
"This is so much fun with all the people," said Larson, who is looking forward to volleyball at Special Olympics.
— Jennifer DeWitt