Virtual Summer Games

Join us for the 2021 Virtual Summer Games! This event is open to everyone (athletes, Unified partners, coaches, and fans) and is a safe way to compete against your friends and peers from across the state. Train and compete from home and come together virtually to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.

Important Dates

Competition Scores/Times Due: Monday, May 24
Opening Ceremony Video Debuts: Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 pm
Competition Results Show: Friday, May 28 at 5:00 pm
Virtual Healthy Athletes Screenings Experiences: Monday, May 24 – Friday, May 28
Virtual Summer Games Series: Monday, May 24 – Friday, May 28

At-Home Competition

This competition is a safe way for athletes, young athletes, Unified partners, coaches, and fans to keep the spirit of Special Olympics Iowa alive by competing against each other from home!

Here’s how it works:

  1. CHOOSE YOUR EVENTS! Individuals can participate in athletics (track & field), cycling, bocce, tennis skills, and swimming events.
  2. PRACTICE! After reviewing the list of events, begin practicing those events that you want to compete in. As you practice, be sure to keep track of your times/scores.
  3. SUBMIT YOUR RESULTS! Submit your best times/scores for all the events you practiced.  All times/scores are due by Monday, May 24.
25M Dash 50M Dash 100M Dash 200M Dash
Standing Long Jump Tennis Ball Throw Bocce
(Traditional & Modified)
Cycling 5K
(Traditional & Unified)
Tennis Skills – Serve Tennis Skills –
Return of Serve
Tennis Skills – Volleys Swimming
25 Yard
50 Yard


Submit Your Results
Competition Events Information
General Competition Information
Opening Ceremony Video
Competition Results

Virtual Healthy Athletes Screening Experiences

Virtual Healthy Athletes Screening Experiences are a chance for athletes to make contact with our Healthy Athletes Clinical Directors in either a one-on-one or group setting.  This will be a time to go over many of the concepts that would normally be talked about at an in-person Summer Games Healthy Athletes Screening and check-in on your health status.  Referrals will be recommended, where necessary, and care packages will be sent after the screenings to all participating athletes.

Fit Feet Screening Experiences
(Monday, May 24 at 5:00-8:00 PM)
Fit Feet Clinical Director Dr. Kirk will be available for 20-minute Zoom appointments to discuss foot health, footwear, and more.  Appointments are available every 20 minutes from 5:00-8:00 PM on Zoom.
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FUNFitness Education Experience
(Tuesday, May 25 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM)
Discuss and practice concepts such as balance, strength, flexibility, and general fitness with FUNFitness Clinical Director Cindy.
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Health Promotion Education Experience
(Thursday, May 27 at 5:30 – 6:30 PM)
Complete a survey about your health habits.  Then attend a Zoom session with Health Promotion Clinical Director Judy to see how healthy we are as a group, as well as get tips on how to improve your general health.  Individual follow-up will be done after the session.  Athletes will be sent a link with a survey about their health to complete prior to attending the session. 
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Group Nutrition Store Tour for the Fitness Enthusiast with Hy-Vee
(Friday, May 28 at 2:00 – 2:45 PM)
Developing healthy habits in and out of the gym is the key to success! Join Hy-Vee Registered Dietitians on this virtual store tour and discover ways to support an active lifestyle through nutrition.
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Virtual Series

All are invited to join us for the Virtual Summer Games Series!  This virtual series is a fun way to connect with friends and peers from across the state.  More information about the different activities is below.

(Monday, May 24 at 4:00 pm)
Join Katie Schrodt, Director of West Regional Field Services, for a game of BINGO!
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Talent Show
(Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 pm)
Join us for a talent show that will showcase the many talents of the Special Olympics Iowa athletes and Unified partners.*If you are a Special Olympics Iowa athlete or Unified pair that would like to participate in the talent show, please email Bryan Coffey at
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Virtual Dance
(Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm)
LET’S DANCE! Join us for a 1-hour dance party with DJ YETI!
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Athlete Social Hour
(Thursday, May 27 at 4:00 pm)
Join Lisa Spencer, Special Olympics Iowa athlete and Global Messenger, for a fun-filled hour of socializing with fellow athletes!
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Opening Ceremony
(Thursay, May 27 at 7:00 pm)
Join us as we hear from athletes, friends and supporters of Special Olympics Iowa and perform the ceremonial lighting of the torch.
Competition Results Show
(Friday, May 28 at 5:00 pm)
Drumroll…..join us for the announcement of the Virtual Summer Games At-Home Competition results (this could be you!) and who knows you might even get some new SOIA merch.

Have questions or need help submitting your results? Contact us at