Articles from December 2015

12 Days of Athletes – Meet Melissa

In the spirit of the holidays, Special Olympics Iowa is featuring 12 Days of Athletes throughout the month of December. In honor of these amazing athletes, please consider making your year-end donation to Special Olympics Iowa. If your donation is received by December 31, it will be DOUBLED!


 12-days-athletes-melissaName: Melissa Silver
Age: 26
Delegation: Leon SIRF, South Central Area
SOIA sports I participate in: bowling, athletics (50 m dash and softball throw), basketball skills, softball skills and equestrian

What is your favorite part of Special Olympics? My favorite part is bowling.

What is a fun fact about yourself? I love to ride horses with my mom and sister, Abby.  My favorite food is meatball pizza.

What is your favorite part about the holiday season? My favorite thing about Christmas is that my sister Sam comes back to see us.

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Corporate Vision Blooms into Partnership for Winter Games

logo-spahn-roseThe Spahn and Rose Lumber Company, based out of Dubuque, has been a sponsor of the Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games for more than 10 years. Like many of SOIA’s sponsors, the company has gone beyond monetary donations, with employees volunteering their time to make the Winter Games a success.

Dan Wachtel, head of the IT department at Spahn and Rose, began volunteering at Alpine skiing events because a former volunteer asked for his help with setting up the race courses.

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Iowa Miss Amazing Pageant Set for Jan 29-30 in Council Bluffs

miss-amazingThe fourth annual Iowa Miss Amazing Pageant will be held January 29-30 at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. The mission of the Miss Amazing organization is to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to gain confidence in a supportive and fun environment!

The pageant will have a new layout for 2016 that organizers hope will be more efficient for the growing number of participants. The new format will feature a two-day show and full areas of competition both days. Rising Stars, Pre-teens, Junior Teens and Teens will participate on Friday, January 29, while Junior Miss, Miss, Senior Miss and Shooting Stars will participate on Saturday, January 30. Girls ages five and older can participate.

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