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IVRS Students in Ottumwa Interview Tristan Wirfs


Many high school students dream of having a career as a professional athlete, and this year they had an opportunity to interview an Iowa athlete who was the 13th NFL draft pick to the Buccaneers in 2020 to learn what it is like!!

Students participating in Ottumwa Area Office Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) had the opportunity to have a “virtual” interview and meet Tristan Wirfs, who grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa and played for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. In addition to his football roster of skills, Wirfs also has records in other sports and is a well-rounded athlete in multiple sports arenas.

Ottumwa Area Office Rehabilitation Counselor Patty Galván Ramos, said, “Our students were in awe and happy that Tristan took the time to answer their questions.”

The discussion focused on students identifying and working with their own personal team supports (could be a parent, family member, friend, mentor, teacher, VR staff - we all need help - find your support), finding their passion and working hard to persevere through the setbacks. Although we all don't become professional athletes and first round draft picks, we all have the opportunity through education and work to find our passion and work in an environment that engages and challenges us.

Watch the Interview