Fun at the Special Olympics written by Christina Rasmussen

Special Olympics Iowa has given me access to compete in sports. I love sports and basketball is my favorite. I also play softball, flag football, soccer, swim, and bowl. I am also trained to give speeches as a Global Messenger at Special Olympics events. Many of those sports I have competed on Unified teams. Unified partners are athletes without intellectual disabilities who volunteer to play sports together on a team with Special Olympics athletes. Unified partners help us learn new skills and become our friends. This helps athletes with intellectual disabilities reach new goals in their athletic abilities as well as in their social lives and educational development. I like playing Unified sports with my brothers and sisters. I like when I get first place in soccer every year at Special Olympics and I like to be with friends at Special Olympics.

Basketball is so important to me because I like being at practice and games, sitting on the bench with the players and filling up water bottles. Also, I like hanging out with them because I like playing basketball in the RSC and I get to shoot hoops after practice every single day when they are done with practice. I get to eat in the cafeteria after practice every day and the coaches always say “Hi” to me every practice. I am close with all of the basketball players and coaches and the other manager too. We get game jerseys ready during practice when told by the other manager and put the basketballs away. After practice every day we sit together at a table in the cafeteria as a team.

Christina and her flag football team after receiving their medals!
Christina and her softball team.
Christina and the other Global Messengers at their training.

FYS Service Project and Bearcats

By Joel Kafer

Last Thursday I did a service project for FYS.  We cleaned stuff up and did yard work. I enjoy helping other people. I enjoyed helping the family we were working with to get stuff done. On Saturday, I went to a Northwest Missouri Bearcats football game with my SCL worker Sara and her family. The Bearcats won their season opener in Maryville. We left the fourth quarter because it was hot. After we get back from the game we fixed supper and I watched the USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns game.   On Sunday, we went to church ; then Mom and I drove back to Orange City.