As always, there was plenty of excitement for a recent outing for Southwest Iowa Special Olympic participants.
Volunteers staged a bocce ball tournament with help from Iowa Western Community College. The school has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics and provided Kanesville Arena
for the competition.
Heather Haas from Council Bluffs told WOWT6 News it was her first time playing bocce ball. "It's great, and it's fun to meet new people."
Martin Wright serves as Director for the Southwest Iowa Special Olympics. He has been a leader for more than 30 years, even when it was more like a committee of one.
"It's always fun," he said. "The age groups we have here participating today are from 8 yrs old to I think the oldest gentleman is 80 yrs old."
Also donating their time were members of the Iowa Western Women's basketball team. That explains the occasional "go Reivers" cheers that could be heard around the floor.
And the young team from West Harrison was nice enough to invite a certain News Anchor to play on their team.
Travis Baker encouragingly said "you will do good."
In the end, everyone one had a good day with bocce ball as the catalyst.
"The emphasis is on playing as a team and doing your best," said Wright. "And we can always use volunteers!"
For more information on how to volunteer click on the link included with this story.
And Southwest Iowa Special Olympics has another need. The old makeshift trailer that is used to haul the equipment needs to be replaced. The cost is $3000, donations are welcome.