This is an experience that we encourage students and faculty to embrace. It highlights the joys of ALL ABILITIES and allows us to share the importance of INCLUSION.

This will be the fourth year that Special Olympics Iowa has celebrated #RespectWeek. Students and school staff statewide have continually expressed an overwhelmingly positive response each year!

This year, 110 Unified Champion Schools will be participating in #RespectWeek. These schools range from all geographic locations of the state and include elementary, middle, high, and college levels! In addition, many of our statewide sponsors are going to be participating in the festivities of #RespectWeek!

Whether you use social media platforms or another promotional source, please know that we look forward to seeing photos and hearing your stories about the many creative ways that your school will join us in the #RespectWeek celebrations! Please use the hashtag #RespectWeek to show the world what your community is doing and to help everyone understand the importance of Inclusion.

#RespectWeek: February 28 – March 4!

Virtual Opportunity!

We are offering a virtual program opportunity for your students.  You may register yourself and your students by clicking on the following link.

Elementary Inclusion Hour (Tuesday, March 1 @ 9:00 a.m.)
Join guest speakers Sammy Lara and Kate Gonzalez, U.S. Youth Ambassadors in conversations about the importance of inclusive friendships in school. Students and educators from elementary and intermediate schools are encouraged to participate.

Register Here!

Middle/High School Inclusion Hour (Wednesday, March 2 @ 10:30 a.m.)
Join special Olympics Iowa staff and supporters in conversations about the importance of inclusive friendships in school. Participants will hear from University of Iowa students about their experiences with Unified Sports and Baltimore Ravens, Free Safety, Jordan Richards as he tells us about how sports have impacted his life in a positive way!

Register Here! 

Download the #RespectWeek Logo Here!
Download the #RespectWeek Flyer Here! 


If you have questions about #RespectWeek, contact: Bryan Coffey, Director of Unified Programs 515-986-5520.