Coach Smith Visits National Wheelchair Sports & Rec Camp

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University of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith travels all over the country to speak at various events but he looks forward to the summer and his annual trip to Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville, Minn. for the National Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp.

"I have really enjoyed the time that I have spent at Ironwood Springs and look forward to the trip each summer," said Smith. "Bob, the entire staff and certainly all of the campers, serve as an inspiration for all of us. "

Bob Bardwell is the Founder and Camp Director at Ironwood Springs and is an inspiration to all that have had an opportunity to meet him. In 1973 Bardwell was paralyzed from the waist down in a construction accident but that hasn't slowed him down.

A former collegiate wrestler at Pillsbury College in Owatonna, Minn. and member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Bardwell has competed in nearly 300 races since the accident, including three-straight wins in the Twin Cities Marathon (1986-88). In all, he has collected 75 first place trophies as a racer.

As if that isn't enough, Bardwell is also an Inspirational and Motivational speaker and has authored a book - Marathons of Life.

This was the 26th annual National Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp. More information on the camp and Ironwood Springs can be found at

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