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Southeast Iowa Special Olympic Spring Games set for April 7

Mar 23, 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, Iowa Wesleyan University will host the Southeast Iowa Special Olympic Spring Games.

The games will be held at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

“Iowa Wesleyan is graciously hosting our Southeast Area Spring Games for its fourth year. The teachers, coaches, and students on this campus do an amazing job of preparing and serving as volunteers the day of the event. Partnerships like this among Division 3 schools and Special Olympics allow for very successful events for our athletes. This year’s event is also special because 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary for Special Olympics as an organization. We look forward to another fun day of competition and good weather on April 7,” said Erin Birkenholtz, Southeast Regional Director of Field Services for Special Olympics.

Each year, nearly 200 athletes from southeast Iowa come to Mt. Pleasant to compete in track and field events during the Spring Games. Athletes participate in the Spring Games in hope of qualifying for the Special Olympic State Games in Grimes.

“Special Olympics Spring Games is a great event where our Special Olympic athletes get to come out and compete and interact with our community and the students from Iowa Wesleyan. We are so grateful to get to host this event for the fourth year in a row and we look forward to carrying on that tradition. These athletes work year-round to get ready for this competition for the chance to qualify for the state games,” said B.J. Wagy, Assistant Athletic Director and Advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

This event would not be possible without members of the Mt. Pleasant community, as well as the student-athletes and faculty/staff from Iowa Wesleyan University.

Wagy continued, “As a volunteer, it’s so rewarding to see the passion they bring on event day. Special Olympics is about inclusivity and I’m glad that Iowa Wesleyan can align some of its core values, like community, service, passion, and courage with this event and bring everyone together for one day. We could not pull this event off without all of the support of our sponsors and volunteers from the community.”

To learn more information about this Special Olympics event, contact B.J. Wagy by phone at 319.385.6305 or by email at bj.wagy@iw.edu. To volunteer for the event or have a booth in the Olympic Village, sign up online at: https://www.iw.edu/calendar/iowa-special-olympics-spring-games.

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