12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa

All members of the Special Olympics Iowa community are invited to join us for the final virtual event of the year, the 12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa.  This two-part event begins with the at-home competition featuring bocce, cycling, and fitness events and ends with 12 straight days of fun opportunities to virtually connect with fellow athletes, Unified partners, coaches, and fans.

Important Dates

At-Home Competition: November 9 – December 14
Results Due: December 14
12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa Virtual Activities: December 7-18
Awards Mailed Out: The week of December 21-25

Here’s How the Competition Works

  1. Choose Your Events! For the 12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa competition, individuals can participate in bocce, cycling, and fitness events.
  2. PRACTICE! After reviewing the list of competition events, begin practicing those events that you want to compete in.  
  3. SUBMIT YOUR RESULTS! We encourage you to submit times and scores for all of the events you practiced.  All times and scores are due December 14.

Important Links

General Information
Competition Event Breakdown
Form to Submit Scores
Zoom Tutorial PDF ( for Computer or Phone)
Zoom Tutorial Video
Competition Results

Virtual Activities

Let the Days Begin! @ 12:00 p.m on Dec. 7
We heard from you, and we’re here to share 12 acts of kindness! Join our challenge to complete the acts within the 12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa.

Download the 12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa paper chain activity sheet here!

Holiday Caroling @ 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 8
Warm up your singing voice (or just your hot chocolate) and join in on some holiday caroling fun!
Register Here
Virtual Dance @ 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 9
LET’S DANCE! Join us for a 1-hour dance party with DJ YETI! Have an ugly holiday sweater? We want to see it!
Register Here
Gingerbread House Decorating @ 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 10
Tis’ the season for gingerbread houses. Join us in creating your very own gingerbread house using a printable we will provide you. Also, show off any gingerbread house you’ve created at home!

Download a gingerbread house coloring page here!

Register Here
12 Days of SOIA Workout @ 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 11
(Zoom & Facebook)
Let’s move! Join us live on Zoom or Facebook Live for a fun, holiday-themed workout! Can’t make it right on time? The video will remain available on our website and Facebook page.
Register Here & Facebook
Light Show & Holiday Traditions @ 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 12
We want to see your Holiday lights and decor! Send in a picture or show us during the Zoom session. We also want to hear all about your favorite Holiday traditions! Whether it’s a favorite bake good, movie, or tradition with your family, we want you to share!
Register Here
Healthy Living with Iowa Total Care and Doc the Dog
@ 12 p.m. on Dec. 13
It is always important to eat healthy and get some exercise. Come join Doc the Dog and his Iowa Total Care friends as they learn about healthy food choices and ways to keep active.

Download Doc Healthy Foods Word Find here!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? @ 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 14
Show us your biggest and best snowmen! No snow on the ground? No worries. Join us for a build-a-snowman activity!

Download snowman coloring pages here: Page 1, Page 2 

Register Here
Scavenger Hunt hosted by University of Iowa’s Therapeutic Recreation Program – All Day – Dec. 15
The University of Iowa Therapeutic Recreation Program is back and taking over your Facebook feed on Tuesday, December 15, with a fun and festive HOLIDAY SCAVENGER HUNT to help you celebrate, decorate, get moving, and feel great this holiday season. Compete in all six scavenger hunt activities to see Adrienne Johnson, SO Coach and TR Faculty member, JUMP INTO THE SEASON with a holiday Polar Plunge. We hope you can join the Iowa TR Program in participating in the 12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa!

Scavenger Hunt Schedule

Activity 1 – Holiday Traditions
Activity 2 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Activity 3 – Fables and Stories
Activity 4 – Treats and Feasts
Activity 5 – Winter Games
Activity 6 – Getting Crafty

When you have finished an activity send a picture to info@soiowa.org.

Special Olympics in the Kitchen @ 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 16
(Zoom & Facebook)
Back by popular demand! Join us for another Special Olympics in the Kitchen: Holiday Edition LIVE with Hy-Vee Dietitian, Erin Good. This fun and interactive cooking class will guide you (and your family) through how to cook two of Erin’s favorite festive finger food recipes: Pear-Pomegranate Salsa and Snowflake Quesadillas.
Can’t attend live? No problem! Special Olympics in the Kitchen will remain available after the live broadcast on the 12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa Facebook event page as well as Waukee Hy-Vee’s Facebook page to view at a time that is more convenient for you and your family.

Download Pear-Pomegranate Salsa & Snowflake Quesadillas recipes here!

Register Here & Facebook
YAPpy Hour @ 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 17
Celebrate the end of the SONA Stride challenge. There will be a raffle for a new pair of shoes and information released on our upcoming Pen-Pal and training program.
Register Here
12 Days of SOIA Competition Results Show
@ 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 18

*Drumroll…join us for the announcement of the 12 Days of Special Olympics Iowa competition results (this could be you!) and who knows you might even get some new SOIA merch.