Articles from May 2016

June 2016 Fit Focus

We have just completed the “March to Summer Games” campaign. Here are the FIT-logo-vertical-203x300highlights!

  1. 11 Delegations participated with 120 total individuals registered
  2. 73 Special Olympics athletes and 47 Unified Partners
  3. 79 people completed the program and walked 10,110 miles for the 10 week program.
  4. Average of 128 miles per person
  5. 50 people joined the 50 Mile Club
  6. 37 people walked over 100 miles
  7. West Harrison Schools walked a total of 3628 miles.


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Summer Games Lost and Found

There are several lost and found items from Summer Games being kept at the state office. If you are looking for an item please contact Rhonda Schwarzkopf at (515)-986-5520.
*NOTE: A men’s gold wedding band was among the items found. Please call the office with a detailed description of the band if you believe it to be yours.
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2018 USA Games Technical Delegate Applications

Special Olympics North America is looking for qualified individuals to serve as volunteer technical delegate and assistant technical delegate for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to be held in Seattle, Washington, July 1-6, 2018.

To apply, review the cover memo, the technical delegate interest form and job description. Applications are due no later than June 20, 2016 via email, fax or mail. Resumes should include Special Olympics and Sport Federation experience, certifications and other applicable experience is acceptable.

Submit applications to: Greg Epperson, Special Olympics North America, 3712 Benson Drive, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27609.
Fax: 919-782-3311.

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Des Moines Register Reveals All-Iowa Special Olympics Elite Athletes

Just ahead of the 2016 Summer Games, The Des Moines Register revealed the All-Iowa Special Olympics Elite Athletes. The athletes chosen represent the spirit of the Special Olympics Iowa movement and have gone above and beyond to show their dedication to sport and sportsmanship. They represent SOIA in competitions, service to their fellow athletes, and leadership within the organization and their community.

The Elite Athletes will be honored at the Register’s All-Iowa Sports Awards Banquet on June 18 in Des Moines. The banquet will feature keynote speaker Peyton Manning.

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Healthy Athletes at 2016 Summer Games

Healthy Athletes screenings were provided to athletes by healthcare professionals for eyesight, dental, hearing, overall health and fitness, and more at the 2016 Summer Games at Iowa State University in Ames, May 19-21.

With more than 1.4 million free health examinations in over 170 countries, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities. The program is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, which can lead to a better sports experience and improved well being.

Check out the video below highlighting the Healthy Athletes program at this year’s Summer Games:

Video by Kumar Wickramasingha

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2016 Summer Games

Special Olympics Iowa held the 32nd annual Summer Games at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, May 19-21. The Games consisted of three days of competition in sports like aquatics, athletics, tennis, bocce, developmental, soccer and cycling.

Things started with the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg bringing the Flame of 204 (800x533)Hope from downtown Des Moines to Hilton Coliseum for the Opening Ceremonies presented by Hy-Vee on Thursday. 

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Drake Unified Sports Day 2016

On Thursday, May 5 Special Olympics Iowa hosted the annual Drake Unified Sports Day at Drake University. Events were held in the Knapp Center as well as on the practice fields outside.

Special Olympics Unified Sports promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. More than 600 special education and regular education students from schools across Central Iowa paired up for the day for some friendly competition in activities like 3-on-3 basketball, bocce, golf, pass-punt-kick football, relay races, volleyball and more.

There were more than 125 volunteers, including representatives from Clipped Wings, Laborer’s Local #177 Retirees and Wells Fargo. Drake University football players were also on hand to help with events and sign autographs.

Check out photos from the event below!


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