In 2017, UnitedHealthcare became a Special Olympics Iowa Premier Statewide Partner and a sponsor of Challenge Days and the Healthy Athletes program, positively impacting thousands of Iowans with intellectual disabilities.
UnitedHealthcare fits right in with the SOIA mission, as the company works every day “to help people live healthier lives.” The company has a strong history with SOIA, serving as a Gold Level Sponsor in past years before coming on as a Statewide Partner. And in 2016-2017, in collaboration with Iowa State University and SOIA, they started the “Athlete of the Game” presentation at ten men’s basketball games at ISU, where a Special Olympics’ athlete is recognized on the floor at Hilton Coliseum and presented with an autographed basketball. Prior to that, UnitedHealthcare donated $25,000 to support SOIA programs and activities across the state.
Having the opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics at Challenge Days in Des Moines was an incredibly rewarding experience. Each volunteer from United Healthcare was paired with an athlete. Throughout the day we were able to assist the athletes in various competitions. Watching the smiles on their faces as they achieved success was truly magical. I am grateful for the opportunity to experience such an amazing event with Special Olympics.