Approximately 3,000 Iowa Special Olympics athletes gathered in Ames Thursday May 17 to compete in the statewide games at Iowa State University.
Rob Wagner, head coach for the Cedar Rapids Park and Recreation team, said some athletes started packing on Mother's Day weekend and he could sense their anticipation when some athletes arrived at the recreation center more than an hour earlier before their departure to Ames.
Wagner manages his team, making sure they get to their competitions, socializes with families, other teams and organizers, and simply enjoying this event that he calls 'a big family reunion'.
Wagner became involved in Special Olympics Iowa 19 years ago. Special Olympics is a global movement to bring together and improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through quality sports training and competition. In the video, he talks about how he started to become involved in Special Olympics, and his experiences with this tightly-knitted community.
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