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 (SOIA) serves more than 12,000 athlets, holds more than 90 events and trains 1,800 coaches each year.  None of this would be possible without our 15,000 volunteers.  It is no exaggeration to say that SOIA programs could not exist without the generous volunteers spirit of so many Iowans. Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Iowa.  If you are seeking a volunteer opportunity that can make a difference in your life and lives of others, we need you!

Why volunteer with Special Olympics Iowa?

“Because as a volunteer you get far more out of it than you come close to giving.  The athletes have so much to offer and so much to teach, Lessons in team work, encouragement, positive attitude, perseverance only to name a few.  They change me for the better far more than I could ever hope to change them.” 
            -Mary Buscher, Sammons Financial Group

“ There are no bad days when you interact with our athletes, as their joy and excitement is infectious!”                                              -Ken Clary, LETR officer

Become A Volunteer

Whether you have a little time to commit or a lot, there is a volunteer opportunity waiting for you any time of the year. Volunteer roles are based on your interest and availability, as well as the needs of the teams and programs. Volunteer Registration Instructions

Volunteer Positions
  • Coach/Chaperone
  • Trainer/Clinician
  • Official
  • Competition/Special Event Management
  • Professional Sports Photographers
  • Day-of Event Volunteers
  • Area Management Team Volunteers
  • Healthy Athlete Clinician

To view upcoming volunteer opportunities, please click here to view our calendar.
To learn how to become a volunteer, visit our Information and Applications page.

For questions or to register a group of 10 or more, please contact:
Michelle Haney- Director of Volunteers and Unified Sports

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