Trudy Messerschmidt
Area Director
Phone:402-740-2448 (Please leave a message)
Julie Brummer
Area Director

The Southwest Area for Special Olympics Iowa provides competition for athletes in the Iowa counties of:

  • Fremont
  • Harrison
  • Mills
  • Pottawattamie
  • Shelby

The Southwest Area hosts competitions in:

  • Cycling
  • Bowling(held annually in October in Council Bluffs at Thunder Bowl)
  • Unified Training Day (held annually each November at Treynor Community Schools, basketball and cheerleading skills are taught and experienced in a Unified experience)
  • Basketball Skills (held annually in January in Council Bluffs at Iowa Western Community College)
  • Bocce (held annually in February in Council Bluffs at Iowa Western Community College)
  • Cheerleading (competition held annually at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs in conjunction with basketball skills in January)
  • Spring Games (held annually in April in Council Bluffs at Iowa Western Community College and the Glenwood YMCA)
  • Registration forms for state competitions and area events can be found on our Participation Forms page.  When sending in an area competition entry form, please email it to

    If specific competition dates are not listed below, they are yet to be determined for this year.

    Event Date Event Entries due by Event Location
    Apr 7, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM Southwest Area Spring Games (CANCELLED) 03/13/2020 Iowa Western Community College-Reiver Sports Complex (2700 College Road, Council Bluffs)
    Apr 14, 10:00 AM Southwest Area Swimming (CANCELLED) 03/01/2020 YMCA (306 East Scenic Valley Ave, Indianola)