Oct 21 - North Area Bowling
Oct 23 - North Central Area Bowling
Oct 25 - Upper Iowa University Unified Sports Day
Nov 4 - SW Area Unified Training Day
Nov 4 - Coaches Training - Denison
Nov 7 - SUPER Plunge
Nov 8 - Polar Plunge, Des Moines
Nov 12 - Muscatine Play Day
Nov 13 - Davenport Play Day
Nov 13 - Coaches Training - Cedar Falls
Nov 14 - Northeast Area Roller Skating
Nov 21 - Challenge Day, River Hills
Nov 22 - State Bowling Tournament
Special Olympics Iowa State Flag Football Tournament is Oct. 4 in Cedar Rapids
Sponsored by Orkin and hosted in conjunction with the Cedar Rapids Park and Recreation department
Buena Vista University Unified Sports Day is Sept. 18 in Storm Lake
Second annual event bring together 71 SOIA athletes and 89 BVU students
Record number of athletes compete at Sept. 10 Unified Golf Tournament for Special Olympics in Muscatine
Sponsors include Principal Financial Group and Muscatine Y
Sammons Financial Group continues Champion Statewide Partnership with $35,000 gift to Special Olympics Iowa
Gift includes sponsorship of State Softball Tournament
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Looking for somewhere to eat this week??  Support Special Olympics Iowa when you do!

Tuesday, October 21 • 5:00pm-9:00pm
Sam and Louie's Pizza • 8561 Hickman Road (Cobblestone Market)
Proceeds from the night will be donated to West Central Special Olympics
*no flyer needed

Wednesday, October 22 • 11:00am-9:00pm
Buffalo Wild Wings • 4345 Merle Hay Road
10% of pre-taxed sales will be donated to SOIA
Please print or show the flyer from your phone

Thursday, October 23 • 4:00pm-8:00pm
Jason's Deli • 3910 University Ave, West Des Moines
15% of your meal sale will be donated to SOIA 
Drop your receipt in the Group Raise donation box at the restaurant

State Volleyball Tournament information can be found HERE.

Volunteer for the State Bowling Tournaments
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Cedar Rapids volunteers, click here. (Registration deadline October 31st)
Des Moines volunteers, click here. (Registration deadline November 5th)
Sioux City volunteers, click here(Registration deadline October 31st)

 Special Olympics Iowa is looking for a
Marketing & Communications Manager.
Visit our Job Openings page for more information.

Now accepting applications for the
Fellingham Internship
(January through May 2015)
Applications due by midnight, November 7th.


It's time to be "Freezin' for Reason!" 
Register today for a Polar Plunge in your area and support the athletes of Special Olympics Iowa!

For more information and locations, visit our Polar Plunge page


Saturday, November 8 will be the “Coolest Day in Des Moines in 2014!” as Special Olympics Iowa and the Iowa Wild team up to support the athletes and programs of Special Olympics Iowa with the Des Moines Polar Plunge

For more information on how to purchase tickets, sponsor an athlete's admission or earn free tickets visit the Des Moines Polar Plunge website


Thank you to Casey's General Store for their Statewide Partnership with Special Olympics Iowa, and for making the Casey’s Cup Campaign a success!  Casey’s stores across Iowa showcased SOIA athletes and law enforcement on their 44 oz. cups over the summer, and they are donating a portion of the proceeds to SOIA to directly support our athletes!
Congratulations goes out to Charity Hodson as the Casey’s Cup Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner! As part of the grand prize, Charity won free pizza for a year provided by Casey’s and a stay with waterpark passes for 4 at the Ramada Tropics Resort in Des Moines!
(L-R: Gary Steinke, SOIA Board Vice Chair; Blaine Fuller, Athlete; Mike Richardson, Casey’s Vice President of Marketing; Charity Hodson, Athlete; Sherry Fuller, SOIA Vice President of Development; Angela Oberlander, Athlete; Captain Ken Clary, Iowa State Patrol)


The 2014-2015 Schedule of Events for competitions (as of 9/05/14) can be downloaded here.

Please note that the website gets updated as event times/dates change and as events are added.

  • For a simple list of dates, events, & general locations, visit the "Full Schedule" button in the Upcoming Events box in the upper right-hand corner
  • For more details about those events, click "More" in the Upcoming Events box in the upper right-hand corner
  • To visit your Area's webpage, hover over Compete, select "Local Area Pages" and click on your Area.



Iowa's representatives to the Team USA Training Camp:
Lisa Spencer (Candeo in Johnston) &
Patrick Gulbranson (Family Resource Center in Fontanelle)

Visit our World Games page for more information.



 The Scarf Project
Winter Games 2015

This year's colors in Red Heart Super Saver Yarn:  Claret (#0378) & Aran (#0313)

Click here for more information

Total received to date:  152

(as of 10/08/14)



  Click here to view the new SOIA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.



About Special Olympics Iowa

Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) is a nonprofit organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of the state. Iowa has 11 areas throughout the state that serve approximately 12,000 athletes and Unified Sports Partners with more than 80 regional competitions and 8 statewide championships annually.

Since 1968, Special Olympics Iowa has been serving the needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities by providing sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-type sports. These programs would not be possible without the generous support of more than 15,000 volunteers.

Through Special Olympics sports training and competition, children and adults with intellectual disabilities reach their POTENTIAL and experience INCLUSION in their communities EVERYDAY.










Cal Brus lives in Muscatine and has competed in Special Olympics Iowa for years. He is active in softball, track and field, bowling and basketball. His favorite part of Special Olympics is golfing. He said a highlight for him was walking with the Flame of Hope at the State Softball Tournament on August 2.

Visit our generous Statewide Partners

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