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Release: 06/28/2011
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Members of the Iowa State women's basketball team spent last Saturday in Des Moines helping at the Kiwanis Miracle League games. Fourteen teams make up the Miracle League, which is designed for children with special needs.  

Teams play two full innings and every child bats every inning. With both summer and fall leagues, the Miracle League has been active for roughly four years.  

"It's always a good time being with kids who have special needs," said senior Lauren Mansfield. "All the kids were really energetic and it was a fun and a cool experience."

After helping wipe down benches and prepare the field for the game, Cyclone players partnered up with players on the Miracle League team.

"I thought it was really fun because it's a good way to give back and I really enjoy those types of events," said freshman Brynn Williamson. "I would rather be doing that stuff than playing basketball any day, because it helps everyone else out. It was really fun to see the excitement on the kids' faces."

Williamson plans to major in special education or speech pathology, and wants to work with inner-city children or head back home to Kansas City, Mo., to help kids with disabilities.

Life Skills and Academic Coordinator Molly Parrott receives requests from community partners about local events, including the Special Olympics and the VERB Program. This summer, Iowa State teams will help with the VERB Program in Story County, an initiative to help local youth, ages 8-13, become more active. Parrott also coordinates times for players to go to local schools and read to kids, along with putting on mini-clinics throughout the year.

"The women's basketball team brings in thousands of people every night to games, so I know the coaching staff really values the opportunity to give back to those people," Parrott said. "I think the kids love it and they appreciate the players being out there. You could tell the parents were really appreciative of the players coming out and helping."
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