Jul 11 - Softball Skills, Muscatine
Sep 12 - State Equestrian Competition
Oct 3 - State Flag Football
Jan 12 - State Winter Games
Jan 13 - State Winter Games
Ames and Iowa State Welcome Athletes, Volunteers for 31st Annual Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games
More than 2,600 athletes, 1,200 coaches and 2,000 volunteers are set to converge on the campus of Iowa State University for the 31st Annual Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games May 21-23.
Ames and Iowa State Welcome Athletes, Volunteers for 31st Annual Summer Games
Iowa State Greeks Set Fundraising Record for Special Olympics Iowa
Iowa State University students set a fundraising record of $190,000 as they dove into the State Gym pool for the Ames Greek Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Iowa March 28.
SOIA Athlete Makes His Mark as a Page to the Iowa House of Representatives
SOIA athlete Tyler Steinke has been working at the capitol since the beginning of the school year as a page to the House of Representatives. It is Tyler’s job to be a runner for the representatives.
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Special Olympics Iowa has been selected as one of the top 200 causes (out of about 4,000 entries) to move forward to the voting phase for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program!  If we are among to top 40 at the end of the voting, we will win a $25,000 grant to support Unified Sports throughout Iowa! 


You can vote 10 times per day until June 3.  You can complete all 10 votes at once for SOIA "Play Unified" each day. Learn More About Unified Sports


Find out how YOU can carry the Flame of Hope in the first-ever Unified Relay Across America!

Over the course of 46 days, in a hand-to-hand exchange, over 20,000 participants will run, walk or bike a segment of the relay in this team and individual fundraising event as it passes through all 50 states. The relay will be in Iowa from June12-14, covering 213 miles with overnight stays in Des Moines and Ames. 


Register Your Team Now for the Plane Pull on June 6
It's a giant tug of war between you, your friends and a 120,000-pound airplane!  The Plane Pull is a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support SOIA athletes by pulling a UPS 757. REGISTER YOUR TEAM


See our May newsletter for
  • Iowa State and City of Ames Ready to Host 2015 Summer Games
  • Carry the Flame of Hope in the Unified Relay Across America
  • Hodson Begins Role as Athlete Rep on SOIA Board of Directors
  • Summer Games Committee Boasts More than 400 Combined Years of Service
  • UnitedHealthcare Joins SOIA Movement as Gold Level Sponsor
  • And More!

Des Moines Polar Plunge Moves to Jordan Creek Town Center in 2015
Special Olympics Iowa and Jordan Creek Town Center announced today a new partnership that will bring the Des Moines area Polar Plunge to Jordan Creek Town Center on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The Polar Plunge is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by plunging into frigid waters. READ MORE

FIT wants to help you be the best you can be for competitions and beyond. There are sport specific exercises and stretches available for each sport offered by Special Olympics 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!

The 2014-15 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.

Divisioning Special Olympics Iowa Competitions
Special Olympics Iowa has begun, with competition at the State Bowling Tournament, and will be moving forward with modifications to the manner in which we division athletes and teams for our State Competitions. LEARN MORE

Click here for information regarding Regional Bocce in 2015.

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Karen Cooper, 13, is from Sioux City and is the designer of this year's holiday card. She has been a Special Olympics Iowa athlete for two years, competing in bowling, bocce, track and field, and NAIA volleyball and basketball. In her free time, Karen likes to build puzzles, draw, and play computer games.

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