Challenge Days

The opportunity to experience success and joy...just as their peers.

challenge-day-batting2Unique 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. Activities, such as ramp bowling, balloon volleyball, team basketball, basketball shoot, batting, ball darts, golf, shot put, race walk, and wall pass 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
  • Emmetsburg
  • Davenport
  • Des Moines
  • Dubuque
  • Lake City/Carroll

Participation Forms

To sign up for a Challenge Day or for additional information, contact:
Wendy Olinger, Director of Athlete Initiatives
515-986-5520 x111

Event Date Event Entries due by Event Location
Mar 3, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Ruby Van Meter Challenge Day Ruby Van Meter School
Mar 23, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM River Hills Challenge Day 2700 Grand Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Apr 7, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM Cedar Falls Challenge Day Orchard Hill Reformed Church
Jun 2 (all day) Emmetsburg Challenge Day Iowa Lakes Community College Wellness Center, Emmetsburg
Aug 23, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM Council Bluffs Challenge Day Glenwood Resource Center