JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Mizzou women's basketball team spent some time at the Special Olympics Missouri Training For Life Facility on Monday afternoon.
Head coach Robin Pingeton and her squad played Minute To Win It with the athletes currently competing for a spot on Team Missouri.
"These athletes are such amazing people, and it's such a great opportunity," Mizzou guard Hayley Frank said. "We're so thankful to get to come out and spend some time with them."
This week - SOMO is hosting more than 150 athletes for its selection camp. The athletes will compete in nine different sports in both Jefferson City and Fulton from Sunday through Thursday. The camp will determine which athletes will compete in the USA Games next summer in Orlando, Fla. SOMO expects to announce the team on Aug. 1.
Coach Pingeton said she was thankful to get to spend some time at the Training For Life facility on Monday. Her 10-year-old son Zach has Down Syndrome, and he was able to join in on the fun.
"It's a little emotional, but you can tell he's not shying away from the camera," Pingeton said. "He's always so happy and fun loving and wants to have a good time. He really enjoyed just the couple hours out here doing different things and being able to be a part of it, so i think it's pretty special."
You can watch our full interview with Coach Pingeton in the video player below.