Helping people with developmental disabilities play softball and basketball on integrated teams has earned special recognition for Lawrence Parks and Recreation.
The department earned the 1996 Boggs Mitchell Award from The Arc of Douglas County, a United Way agency that supports people with developmental disabilities.
The award -- named in memory of recreation advocates Fitzhugh Boggs and Charles Mitchell -- honors community organizations that provide year-round programs to bring people with mental retardation together with non-disabled teammates for recreation.
Annette Deghand, the city's recreation supervisor for special populations, was honored for her work with Special Olympics and the more recent Unified Sports program, which teams disabled and non-disabled players.
"Whether it's the Unified Softball Team ... or purely fun social activities such as the Coffee House, Annette is the guiding force behind this successful special programming," said Kathy Fode, the city's recreation superintendent. "We are honored by this recognition, and look forward to continuing our work with The Arc and providing our special populations with even more opportunities in the future."
Information about special populations programs is available from parks and recreation by calling 832-7920.