Local athletes work at restaurant for Special Olympics fundraiser

By Amy Khuu

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 12:15 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University athletes traded in their gear for aprons and dirty dishes, all for a good cause.

Members of the Binghamton University wrestling team along with Special Olympic athletes greeted customers, bused tables, and served guests Tuesday night at Applebee's in Binghamton and in Vestal.

In return for their service, the team hoped to collect tips from customers to benefit Special Olympics New York. The international organization provides people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop fitness and demonstrate courage as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.

The fundraiser helped the Special Olympic team with the hefty bill for annual travel.

Coach for the Special Olympics New York, Michael Booth said, "They go on out of town trips, state games, they have buses, hotel rooms, food and uniforms. It costs a lot of money."

The annual fundraiser has more that 60,000 athletes in New York train and compete in 22 Olympic-style summer and winter sports.