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Special Olympics comes to Iowa City

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

It was a special day for some of Iowa's most dedicated athletes.

The Special Olympics Iowa's 26th annual Mid-Winter Tournament took place at the UI Fieldhouse in Iowa City.

Olympians of all ages took part in basketball, gymnastics, cheerleading, and power lifting.

More than 900 athletes from all over the state took part.

That's a big increase from last year.

"Our goal in the special Olympics is to help our athletes achieve the best that they can and to feel proud and good about themselves," said Pam Wagner, Vice President of Programming for Special Olympics Iowa.

"My favorite part of the Special Olympics would probably be going to different events and cheering on the other athletes," said Corey Leonhard, part of the Special Olympics Iowa Board of Directors, and a Special Olympics athlete himself.

Special Olympics Iowa provides year round training and competitions for 11,000 athletes in 23 Olympic type sports.

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