Unique to Iowa, Challenge Days are a one-day event designed specifically for the severe and profound population of Iowa as well as our aging population. Because of the need to offer more activities for these individuals, it has been a goal of Special Olympics Iowa to expand on our motor skills programs.
Challenge Days introduce team sports adapted for the severe and profound as well as those who are unable to participate in the traditional Special Olympics programs. Sports, such as ball darts, balloon volleyball, dice bowling, ramp bowling and wheelchair basketball are modified to allow youth and adults to participate in a team or as an individual. Volunteers and switch activated equipment are on site to assist the athletes as they participate in each event.
Participate in a Challenge Day
Challenge Days are designed for athletes with:
- severe mental and/or physical disabilities
- our aging population who are not able to compete in rigorous sports
Challenge Day events are held each year throughout the state:
- Cedar Falls (two)
- Coralville/Cedar Rapids
- Council Bluffs/Glenwood
- Des Moines
- Lake City/Carroll
To sign up for a Challenge Day or for additional information, contact:
Wendy Olinger, Director of Athlete Initiatives