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Courtesy: Athletics Communications

Student-Athletes Entertain Special Olympians

Release: 11/15/2011
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AMES, Iowa - Student-athletes from Iowa State and Special Olympic athletes joined together for a night of fun Nov. 7. It was a successful event at Perfect Games.

Every year The Arc of Story County and Iowa State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) collaborate to hold an event for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of the most popular activities The Arc hosts is Monday Night Bowling at Perfect Games. SAAC coordinated the Nov. 7 event.

One of the Iowa State athletes in attendance was football player Ryan Gent.

"We had a really great turn-out of student-athletes and all sports were represented," Gent said.

On Monday, Nov. 7, 45 athletes from Iowa State and 30 Special Olympians attended the event.

"The main goal was to have fun," Gent said. "It's important for student-athletes to help out and give back."

Women's basketball player Elly Arganbright saw the experience as a way to get involved with the community. She said it was a rewarding experience.

"It was great to have the chance to meet all the (Special Olympic) athletes and hang out," Arganbright said. "The biggest thing I gained was an appreciation for simple fun and being with friends."

Football player Brett Bueker also attended and enjoyed the experience.

"The best part about it was to hang out with them, see the smiles on their faces and see them enjoying themselves," Bueker said.

The Arc Program Coordinator, Jessica Schleisman, wants to continue to build the partnership between the organization and SAAC.

"It's a good segue to have the Iowa State student-athletes coach or mentor," Schleisman said. "The Special Olympic athletes look up to (the Iowa State student-athletes)."
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