Athletes on the local Special Olympics swim team will be carhops for a day at a Waxahachie Sonic fund-raiser from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to make sure everyone in the rapidly growing group has a fun and successful season this summer.

Its going to be volunteers with the athletes, and were going to just be working on getting the athletes to meet people and tell them about the program and be proud about doings things for others, swim coach Shannon Crain said.

Teams of athletes and volunteers will help serve Sonic customers food and with courtesy trays in shifts throughout the day, raising funds through a tip jar as well as a donation from Sonic of a percentage of the days sales.

Were getting our swim team off to a great start and could use everyones support, coach and parent Kristi Hassell said.

Although the team has been associated with the Waxahachie YMCAs Angel League for the past several years, this year marks the first time the team is completely under the Friends of the Special Olympics umbrella, Crain said, and the fund-raiser will help offset the added costs for equipment and travel expenses.

Were just trying to meet what we need, she said.

The team has also grown substantially this season, from the usual eight to 12 athletes to more than 20, and Crain is expecting at least a few more to join in.

Ive worked with Special Olympics going on three years, and its growing each year and Ive just really enjoyed meeting everyone, she said. It gets kind of scary to build a program, but its exciting to be able to do that.

Crain said she has been inspired by the camaraderie and joy she sees in working the unique team.

Its just exciting to see the special needs athletes so successful, she said. It makes them smile. Its just enjoyment, just to watch the love that they all have for each other.

For more information, contact Crain at (972) 921-7654 or Hassell at (972) 617-0529.