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Rasmussen, Allen Join SOIA State Office Team

Katie Rasmussen and Jordan Allen joined the Special Olympics Iowa state office staff in September.

staff-katieRasmussen has been named director of regional field services for the North Region of SOIA. She oversees the North, Northeast, North Central and Central Areas.

Rasmussen was previously employed at ChildServe in Johnston as a recreational therapist where she worked with individuals from birth to 22 years of age with special health care needs. She provided outings, adapted leisure opportunities, aquatics, school re-entry and pet therapy. She received her degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 in leisure youth and human services, with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation and nonprofit management. She is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional.

Rasmussen has experience with Special Olympics Iowa, helping with the Northeast Area during her college career. She also coached at the Summer Games for Special Olympics Illinois.

staff-jordanAllen has been named the volunteer and unified sports manager for SOIA. She will manage recruitment and placement of all SOIA volunteers as well as the unified sports program.

Allen was previously the administrative assistant for AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance in Iowa City, where she worked for more than three years. She coordinated with all departments at AW Welt and served on the agency’s wellness and social committees. She graduated from The University of Iowa in 2013 with a degree in communication studies and minor in human relations.

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Wilson Begins Role as SOIA Regional Director

staff-bruceBruce Wilson has been named Regional Director for the West Region of Special Olympics Iowa. He began his new role in August, overseeing the Northwest, Southwest, South Central and West Central areas of SOIA.

Wilson was previously an assistant coach for the Iowa Energy, an NBA development league team, where he coached for five years. He was also the head men’s basketball coach and a professor at Simpson College for 25 years.

Wilson got hooked on Special Olympics after volunteering at a cycling event in 1991. He has been a mainstay at the cycling venue at Summer Games ever since. He has also volunteered at the Unified Sports day at Drake University as well as the West Central area Spring Games.

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Palmer Named Iowan of the Day for the Iowa State Fair

news-palmer-iowan-of-day-state-fairSOIA Board Chair Steve Palmer has been named the Iowan of the Day for the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 21. Palmer was chosen for the honor for his strong work ethic, loyalty to helping others, and an exceptional sense of Iowa pride.

Palmer will be recognized on the Bill Riley stage at approximately 2:15 p.m. Aug. 21. Come out and join us in congratulating him!

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Arnold Begins Vice President Role at SOIA

headshot-john-arnoldJohn Arnold has been named the vice president of program services and athlete experiences for Special Olympics Iowa. He began his new role in August.

Arnold was previously the president of Midwest Insurance Corporation in Nevada, Iowa. He also spent seven years with Junior Achievement, two as vice president of districts in Central Iowa and five as president of the OKI Partners, located in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. At Junior Achievement, Arnold was responsible for fundraising, volunteer recruitment, budget and regulatory requirements.

Arnold has been a volunteer for Special Olympics since 1989 and served as a board member in 2014.

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SOIA Day at Kinnick Stadium Sept. 5

iowa-hawkeyes-logoIowa vs. Illinois State
Sept. 5, 11 a.m. Kickoff

SOIA athletes and their families are invited to Iowa’s season opener at great discounted group rate pricing.

SOIA Youth (high school and younger): $25
SOIA Adult: $40
Regular single game rate: $55


Click the link above to order online or call Bravo Sports at 319-626-8286.
All orders will be seated together.

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