The Arc of Butler, which runs the Special Olympics and provides opportunities for people with special needs to participate in sporting activities, is looking to expand as it is now trying to include a soccer team.

The Blazers will have practices Thursday evenings in Augusta during the fall season.

Players from all over the county, including Rose Hill, Andover, Towanda, El Dorado and Augusta, participated in the first practice last week, and more are expected to turn out for week 2. Volunteers, including half a dozen varsity Oriole players, are giving time to help mentor and coach these special needs athletes by teaching the basics of kicking a soccer ball and playing the sport.

Augusta also may try to donate some older jerseys and shorts to the players, as well. More coaching volunteers are always welcome.

Anyone who is interested in coaching may contact Sarah Vaughan at 213-5480 or email

The Arc of Butler also will have bowling teams compete starting in September. El Dorado will practice Monday nights and Andover will practice Wednesday nights, both at Northrock Lanes in Wichita.