Special Olympics Take Place Over the Weekend

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) Dancing, gymnastics, basketball and so much more all happened in Iowa City Saturday.

About 1,300 of the state's best special Olympic athletes faced off.

"No matter if you win or lose we're all still teammates and we all represent different rec centers," said Abbi Stastny.

Stastny represented the Cedar Rapids Recreation Center. Stastny said she's been playing Special Olympics volleyball since she was a freshman in high school but this year she played basketball.

"We played really hard," said Stastny. "There were a couple times where we felt like we weren't playing our best but we just came back and won."

She said she loves every part of the tournament.

"All the work that we put in through the year pays off," said Stastny.

"All the athletes set goals for themselves," said Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Director Rob Wagner. "They work for three to four months on those goals to get here today. So this is an accomplishment of all their hard work."

Sean Harschnek plays center for Cedar Rapids. He said his favorite part is winning and being able to compete alongside his friends.

"It's fun representing Cedar Rapids," said Harschnek. "It's fun being with my teammates and that kind of stuff."

The Iowa School for the Deaf took home gold for the five on five basketball tournament.

Other competitions included powerlifting and cheerleading.

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