Nov 21 - Challenge Day, River Hills
Nov 22 - State Bowling Tournament
Dec 1 - Athlete Volleyball Clinic sponsored by the NAIA
Dec 12 - Young Athletes Play Day, Council Bluffs
Dec 20 - South Central Bocce Invitational
Jan 12 - State Winter Games
Jan 13 - State Winter Games
Jan 14 - State Winter Games
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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As some of you are aware there are currently Freezing Rain Advisories for the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids areas from 9pm tonight through 6am tomorrow morning.   At this time there are no advisories for the Sioux City area.  The advisories caution that the freezing rain, while minimal in amounts, may cause some icy conditions on roads and sidewalks.   Based on the information that we have at this time we are planning to host the 2014 Special Olympics Iowa State Bowling Tournaments as originally scheduled.  Due to other events scheduled at Bowlerama (Des Moines) and Westdale (Cedar Rapids) we will not be able to delay the start times for any of our shifts.  With that in mind we strongly recommend that you allow for additional time to travel to your bowling location tomorrow so you can arrive by the scheduled start times for your athletes.  While we can’t push back all of the shifts, one option that we could consider for the first shift, if we find that many delegations and athletes are on their way, but running late, would be to delay the start of the shift and then have the athletes bowl just one game instead of two.  While not ideal this would allow the athletes to still complete and would allow us to stay on schedule for the rest of the day.  According to the advisories the freezing rain should not be as much of an issue for the 2nd and 3rd shifts in Des Moines or the 2nd shift in Cedar Rapids.
We will continue to monitor the weather situation throughout the day and overnight to determine if cancellation of individual shifts or the entire event are necessary.  Should changes or cancellations to the State Bowling Tournament be necessary we will post information on the home page of the Special Olympics Iowa website at www.soiowa.org, on the Special Olympics Iowa Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsIA and on the Special Olympics Iowa Twitter account at @soiowa and if time allows, send e-mails to the Program Managers of affected delegations as early as possible to allow delegations as much time as possible to adjust to any changes. 
The safety of our athletes, coaches, families, and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us and will factor into any decisions we make on changes or cancellations to the State Bowling Tournament.  We recommend that each of you also take into consideration the conditions in your areas and along your travel route to the venues in considering whether or not you will be attending the tournament.  If you determine that it is not safe for your delegation to travel to your assigned venue we understand and ask that you contact either Shane Kiesner at skiesner@soiowa.org or 612-490-2936 (cell) or Hayley Gross at hgross@soiowa.org or 641-990-8450 (cell) for those bowling in Des Moines and Adrienne Johnson at ajohnson@soiowa.org or 319-930-2416 (cell) for those bowling in Cedar Rapids as soon as possible so we know to scratch your athletes and that you are safe.
For more information on the Freezing Rain Advisories click here
Cedar Rapids - http://www.weather.com/weather/alerts/localalerts/l/USIA0138:1:US?phenomena=ZR&significance=Y&areaid=IAZ052&office=KDVN&etn=0002&tid=381367
Des Moines - http://www.weather.com/weather/alerts/localalerts/l/USIA0231:1:US?phenomena=ZR&significance=Y&areaid=IAZ060&office=KDMX&etn=0002&tid=372102
Contacts for the State Bowling Tournament Locations
For any questions on the Des Moines State Bowling Tournament please contact Shane Kiesner at skiesner@soiowa.org.
For any questions on the Cedar Rapids State Bowling Tournament please contact Adrienne Johnson at ajohnson@soiowa.org.
For any questions on the Sioux City State Bowling Tournament please contact Mandi Parker at mparker@soiowa.org.

Finish Line will again conduct their holiday campaign from November 7 – December 31 at over 600 Finish Line stores across the United States. Customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to the Finish Line Youth Foundation.  This year the campaign will solely benefit Special Olympics, with funds raised going towards Finish Line's annual commitment. Your donation could help another Special Olympics Iowa athlete become a champion, so get in the holiday spirit and make your year-end contributions while you shop!

Click here for information regarding Regional Bocce in 2015.
FIT wants to help you be the best you can be this winter at the State Winter Games and the Mid-Winter Tournament. There are sport specific exercises and stretches available for each sport offered at the State Winter Games and the Mid-Winter Tournament on the FIT Homepage. These exercises and stretches are designed to help you get started with your training and make you that much better when competition time finally arrives! Check out the FIT Homepage to see new resources available to help you go for the gold this winter!


Need discounted flooring?
Take advantage of this new opportunity and help support athletes!


Special Olympics Iowa is now a member of ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings, which means that affiliates of our organization can take advantage of great discounts on flooring! ProSource is one of the top wholesale flooring companies, with 140 showrooms spread out through every major city in the United States, including a location in Urbandale, Iowa. When your flooring needs arise, visit ProSource and tell them you are affiliated with Special Olympics Iowa, and you will receive 40% off retail for carpet and 20% off retail for all other hard surface flooring, and then 10% of your material purchases goes to Special Olympics Iowa to directly benefit our athletes! For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact Keith Dennis, account manager at ProSource, by phone at (515) 264-1437 or by email at Keith.Dennis@prosourcedesmoines.com

Volunteer for the State Bowling Tournaments
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Cedar Rapids volunteers, click here.
Des Moines location is full.
Sioux CIty location is full.

Thank you to Casey’s General Stores for their incredible donation of over $33,000 following the Casey’s Cup Campaign this summer! Casey’s partnered with Special Olympics Iowa and the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise funds for Special Olympics Iowa athletes throughout Iowa. We look forward to continuing our partnership!

On November 4th, Treynor Schools hosted a Unified Sports event for SW Area athletes.  Athletes were trained in basketball and cheerleading by the high school athletes.  SOIA athletes participated in basketball skills or 3-on-3 scrimmages or performed cheers and a dance routine.
Check out these great photos of the day!

The 2014-2015 Schedule of Events for competitions (as of 11/06/14) 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:  635
We have exceeded our goal!!!
Thank you so much for your support of the 2015 Scarf Project!!

(as of 11/12/14)



  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.

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