Cindy Miller has spent the better part of two decades coaching two sports and has never defined the success of her teams or athletes in terms of winning and losing. 

"If you get a chance to get out and see these athletes play, it is fun. You can make lifelong friends with these people," Miller said. 

Coaching track and basketball, she enjoys the hoops a little more. 

"It is more exciting as a team, for athletes to work together as a team rather than an individual," Miller said. "I have had players on my team as long as I have been coaching."

She got involved because her son wanted to compete. Now, 21 years later, she is still coaching. She just earned an accolade when she was named one of five regional coaches of the year for Special Olympics.

She was named the south central coach of the year based on her work with the Harvey County Wildcats.

"Of all the coaches there are, I feel honored to have that," Miller said. "There are a lot of coaches in the region. ... All the coaches here dedicate a lot of time to this."

She was drawn to the sports her son wanted to try — and that he is still competing in.

It is helping athletes compete in Special Olympics that is the reward — medals, wins and losses are secondary.

"It is awesome," Miller said. "Watching these athletes compete, they are just like us. They each have their own (challenges). How you have to deal with each athlete is a little different, and it is rewarding. To see each of them get their medals, and get together with other kids and adults, and not be secluded, is awesome."