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Look, Cook, and Eat’s “Super Special Soups” Event at 2016 Iowa State Fair

Look, Cook, and Eat invites you to participate in a new event during the Iowa State Fair on Monday, August 15 at noon at the Elwell Family Food Center on the west side of the Fairgrounds.

Here’s what’s happening: New this year is a cooking competition called “Super Special Soups” sponsored by LCE and Kitchen Craft, a cookware company in Florida. It’s open to anyone 16 years of age or older with special needs. They want to taste your favorite soup recipe that uses nine ingredients or less–all you have to do is prepare the soup, bring it to the Fair for the competition, and write the recipe out on a card along with a few sentences about why your soup is special.
Each soup will be judged on Taste, Ease of Preparation, Appearance and Creativity.

 

1st Place winner receives $200, a 1-year subscription to LCE, and a 1-qt. saucepan from Kitchen Craft.
2nd Place winner receives $150, a 1-year subscription to LCE, and a 1-qt. saucepan from Kitchen Craft.
3rd Place winner receives $100, a 1-year subscription to LCE, and a 1-qt. saucepan from Kitchen Craft.
Every person that enters will receive a Look, Cook, and Eat spatula to use in their kitchen.

 

Participants can enter online here or print the documents below from the Fair booklet and mail them in on the address provided on the forms. Here’s the catch: deadline for entry is July 1! That’s this Friday!! Now, the soup recipe doesn’t need to be perfected by then. Participants just need to enter. The fee to enter is $5. From July 2 to July 8, the fee is $10. After July 10, entries close. Participants have plenty of time to get their soup recipes in shape for competition!

 

Questions can be directed to Sue Hoss of LCE at susan@lookcookandeat.com.

 

We hope to see you at the Iowa State Fair on Monday, August 15!

 

 

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SOIA Welcomes New Information Manager

Special Olympics Iowa is pleased to announce the hiring of Tanner Nissen as the new Information Manager — Games and Events.staff- Tanner-1

Nissen was a recent Fellingham Intern with SOIA. During his time at SOIA he worked with both volunteers and games management systems, helped plan and execute Unified Days, and assisted with many other events and projects. He has a strong skill set in technology systems and applications.

A graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City with a degree in Sports and Business Management, Nissen has also completed internships with the Principal Charity Classic and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Originally from Sacramento, California, he came to Iowa for college and is now happy to call Iowa home.

Please join us in welcoming Tanner to our Special Olympics Iowa family!

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June 2016 Fit Focus

We have just completed the “March to Summer Games” campaign. Here are the FIT-logo-vertical-203x300highlights!

  1. 11 Delegations participated with 120 total individuals registered
  2. 73 Special Olympics athletes and 47 Unified Partners
  3. 79 people completed the program and walked 10,110 miles for the 10 week program.
  4. Average of 128 miles per person
  5. 50 people joined the 50 Mile Club
  6. 37 people walked over 100 miles
  7. West Harrison Schools walked a total of 3628 miles.

 

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Summer Games Lost and Found

There are several lost and found items from Summer Games being kept at the state office. If you are looking for an item please contact Rhonda Schwarzkopf at (515)-986-5520.
*NOTE: A men’s gold wedding band was among the items found. Please call the office with a detailed description of the band if you believe it to be yours.
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2018 USA Games Technical Delegate Applications

Special Olympics North America is looking for qualified individuals to serve as volunteer technical delegate and assistant technical delegate for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to be held in Seattle, Washington, July 1-6, 2018.

To apply, review the cover memo, the technical delegate interest form and job description. Applications are due no later than June 20, 2016 via email, fax or mail. Resumes should include Special Olympics and Sport Federation experience, certifications and other applicable experience is acceptable.

Submit applications to: Greg Epperson, Special Olympics North America, 3712 Benson Drive, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27609.
Fax: 919-782-3311.
E-mail: gepperson@specialolympics.org

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Drake Unified Sports Day 2016

On Thursday, May 5 Special Olympics Iowa hosted the annual Drake Unified Sports Day at Drake University. Events were held in the Knapp Center as well as on the practice fields outside.

Special Olympics Unified Sports promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. More than 600 special education and regular education students from schools across Central Iowa paired up for the day for some friendly competition in activities like 3-on-3 basketball, bocce, golf, pass-punt-kick football, relay races, volleyball and more.

There were more than 125 volunteers, including representatives from Clipped Wings, Laborer’s Local #177 Retirees and Wells Fargo. Drake University football players were also on hand to help with events and sign autographs.

Check out photos from the event below!

 

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Unified Sports Day at Drake University May 5

Special Olympics Iowa will host the 22nd annual Drake Unified Sports Day Thurs., May 5 at Drake University from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

More than 600 special education and regular education students from 18 schools across Central Iowa will pair up for a day of friendly competition. Partners will participate in 3-on-3 basketball, bocce, golf, pass-punt-kick football, relay races, volleyball and more.

More than 125 volunteers, including representatives from Clipped Wings, Laborer’s Local #177 Retirees, Wells Fargo and Drake University football players, will help coordinate the events.

Special Olympics Unified Sports promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. Unified Sports has proven to be highly effective in achieving social inclusion. Athletes feel a sense of belonging; they can meaningfully interact with others, develop mutually rewarding relationships, are recognized as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect.

 

EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: Special Olympics Iowa Unified Sports Day at Drake University
Sponsored by Principal Financial Group, Variety Club – the Children’s Charity and Special Olympics Project UNIFY
WHO: Special Olympics Iowa athletes and Unified Sports partners
WHEN: May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Drake University Knapp Center, Bell Center and practice fields

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Kliegl, Johnson Join SOIA State Office

The Special Olympics Iowa state office welcomes John Kliegl and Jeremiah Johnson to the SOIA family. Kliegl has been named the vice president of development and will start his new role on Feb. 15. Johnson has been named director of financial services after acting in an interim role for six months prior to officially joining the SOIA staff in January.

staff-johnkKliegl will lead SOIA’s development team and fundraising activities. Prior to joining the SOIA staff, Kliegl was the state director of Best Buddies Iowa for three years and, spending the prior year as director of development at the organization. At Best Buddies, Kliegl exceeded revenue goals, acquired the state office’s largest single-donor gift, increased partnering schools and expanded the organization to include middle schools and anti-bullying education. His daughter, Abbie, is a long-time Special Olympics athlete.

staff-jeremiahJohnson will direct human resources, centralized accounting and payroll at the state office. Johnson has been a licensed certified public accountant since 2008 and earned his BA in accounting from Grand View University in 2006. He has held previous accounting and financial positions at Willis Auto Campus, The Iowa Air National Guard and Wells Fargo. He is also a current member of the 132nd Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines. His military education includes Airman Leadership School and the Air Force Non Commissioned Officer Academy.

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SOIA Hires Birkenholtz as Southeast Regional Director

staff-erinErin Birkenholtz has joined the Special Olympics Iowa state office staff as the Director of Regional Field Services for the Southeast Region. She will oversee the East, East Central and Southeast Areas for SOIA.

Birkenholtz has an extensive Special Olympics background, having been a part of Summer Games, Winter Games, Mid-Winter Tournament and Play Days. In addition, she has been responsible for the creation and execution of various fund raising events and program events for SOIA.

She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received her bachelor of science in leisure studies with a therapeutic recreation emphasis. She has most recently been employed by the ARC of East Central Iowa where she supervised, coached and mentored direct service providers, and worked with over 90 individuals and their families in delivering care and instruction to clients.

She is looking forward to engaging with all of our athletes, families and volunteers in the Southeast Region. Please join us in welcoming her to our Special Olympics Iowa family!

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