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Eastern Iowa Children Participate in Young Athlete Play Day

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Some kids had a chance to see what Special Olympics Iowa has in store for them Thursday. The 118 kids, who range in age from 2 to 7, participated in the Fifth Annual Young Athlete Play Day.

Organizers say the program is for children who are too young to be part of Special Olympics. They have to be at least 8 years old for that. Attendance at Thursday's play day was the highest it's been since the program started.

Special Olympics Iowa says the event is not only meant for the kids, but it's also an awareness program for high school and college students who were volunteering.

"They see people of all ability levels here, so it's a learning experience for them, but also it's a great opportunity for parents. The parents that are here, they can see their child succeed and see that there's something out there for them," Kathy Irving, Special Olympics Iowa DIrector of Athlete Initiatives, said.

The kids played basketball and soccer, and also ran, and walked on the musical balance beam.

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