Monday, February 13 I had the honor of being referee for the Special Olympics Muscatine basketball game against the Muscatine Fire Department. The game took place inside the Muscatine Community YMCA and is by far one of the BEST events I get to be a part of each year. 2017 marked my third appearance alongside Jim Simmons, Store Director of Hy-Vee, attempting to do a good job of calling the game.

The athletes who compete not only in basketball but swimming, track and field, weightlifting and so much more are incredible individuals. Those men and women work hard at practice so that they can represent Muscatine on a local, regional, national, and sometimes global scale. I respect them so much, and I hope they realize that.

Jason Miller, the Director of Special Olympics Muscatine, has the job of coordinating all the events, holding fundraisers, and ensuring that all of his athletes have a rewarding experience. How about a round of applause for folks like Jason? Seriously, he along with the volunteers ranging from coaches and more that I saw at the basketball game Monday night all have one big thing in common: they care.

I challenge you to find something that you care about and take action. Get involved in whatever capacity you are able. That doesn’t mean you have to write the biggest check or volunteer 40 hours a week; do what you can, when you can. Isn’t that what life is all about? Working hard, taking care of our families, and lifting up those who need it. I love this town and I know that sounds like a broken record, but I mean it. We have some good things happening here, and I for one will work to continue highlighting them.

Thank you, Special Olympics Muscatine, for allowing me to have a small role in your annual basketball game. And to the Muscatine Fire Department, better luck next year 🙂 To learn more about the programs offered or to get involved with Special Olympics Muscatine, visit them on, by phone at (563) 263-9996 (ask for Special Olympics), or email my pal Jason Miller at [email protected].