But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
- Special Olympics Oath
At 6:00 p.m. on June 11th, The Pig + Fig Café hosted a fundraising dinner to benefit the Los Alamos Special Olympics. The money supported all the local athletes that compete in Special Olympics events locally and statewide.
The Los Alamos Special Olympics is organized by an informal board, including Jon Rau, several parents, a coach, and Katie Weinland, an athlete. Dr. Art Montoya is the local director. There are 20 athletes in the program.
Their goal is to raise enough money to help the team be more sustainable for the next decade. The money that they raise also goes towards travel, organizing events, fully supporting the athletes so they can compete, and equipment. The team was able to buy uniforms for all of the athletes for multiple sports, as well as duffle bags with their names on it.
Every season the athletes work on a new sport. Last May they hosted a track and field event at UNM-LA. Next week they will start practicing for golf and swimming so that they can compete in an area meet, and then go on to a statewide meet in Farmington. The volleyball team, coached by Walt Whetham, recently competed at the state level. In the fall, they will compete in basketball and bowling.
“You’d be amazed at how competitive they are,” said Karen Rau, a parent who has been very involved with the Special Olympics, coached swimming and golf. “It’s fun to see them get better and better.”
This is the second year that The Pig + Fig Café has donated to the Los Alamos Special Olympics, and they gave about $2,000. Just the Best Produce donated product for this event.
If you missed this event, but would like to support the Los Alamos Special Olympics organization, send a check written out to “Los Alamos Special Olympics” and mail it to: