Iowa

Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance.  Help us reach one more person who wants to participate.  
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It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship. 

Iowa Contact Info

551 S.E. Dovetail Road
Grimes, IA 50111

+1 (515) 986-5520

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Upcoming Events

  • mars
    01
    Spread the Word to End the Word
    mars 01, 2016
    Des Moines
    Iowa
    Spread the Word to End the Word

    Join us March 1, 2016 at the Iowa State Capitol Building for Spread the Word to End the Word. Using the “R-Word” (“retard” and comparable words in different cultures) is very hurtful. You can take the pledge at www.r-word.org.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    mars 01, 2016
    Iowa State Capitol Building
    Des Moines, Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • mars
    11
    Special Olympics Iowa Mid-Winter Tournament
    mars 11, 2016 - mars 12, 2016
     
    Iowa City
    Iowa
    Special Olympics Iowa Mid-Winter Tournament

    More than 1,000 athletes and Unified Sports Partners will be competing, in basketball, powerlifting, gymnastics, and cheerleading at the University of Iowa Field House and Iowa City West High School.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    mars 11, 2016 - mars 12, 2016
     
    University of Iowa, Iowa City West High School
    Iowa City , Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • avr.
    16
    Cedar Rapids Polar Plunge
    avr. 16, 2016
    Cedar Rapids
    Iowa
    Cedar Rapids Polar Plunge

    Come and participate in our Cedar Rapids Polar Plunge. It is the coolest thing you will do all year! Participate by jumping into frigid waters to help raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes.

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    Register Here
    Phone: 515-986-5520

    avr. 16, 2016
    Pleasant Creek
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • avr.
    16
    Iowa City Polar Plunge
    avr. 16, 2016
    Iowa City
    Iowa
    Iowa City Polar Plunge

    Come and participate in our Iowa City Polar Plunge. It is the coolest thing you will do all year! Participate by jumping into frigid waters to help raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes. Register using the link below.

    For more information
    Register Here
    Phone: 515-986-5520

    avr. 16, 2016
    Coralville Lake
    Iowa City , Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • avr.
    23
    Iowa Law Enforcement Half Marathon/10K/5K
    avr. 23, 2016
    Carlisle
    Iowa
    Iowa Law Enforcement Half Marathon/10K/5K

    When running in the Iowa Law Enforcement Half Marathon/10k/5k we are running for the dream of a Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) athlete. You could not have a better opportunity to raise money to support SOIA athletes. For more information, use the contact information below.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    avr. 23, 2016
    Banner Lakes at Summerset Park
    Carlisle , Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • mai
    14
    Gourmet Gala
    mai 14, 2016 - mai 14, 2016
     
    Ames
    Iowa
    Gourmet Gala

    Enjoy an evening of gourmet food and good company while supporting Special Olympics Iowa. To reserve your table, please use the contact information below.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    mai 14, 2016 - mai 14, 2016
     
    The Seasons at Iowa State University
    Ames, Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • mai
    19
    Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games
    mai 19, 2016 - janv. 01, 1900
     
    Ames
    Iowa
    Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games

    The most exciting time of the year is inching closer. The three-day event brings more than 2,600 athletes from all around Iowa for fun and exciting competition. For more information call please use the contact information below.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    mai 19, 2016 - janv. 01, 1900
     
    Iowa State University
    Ames, Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • mai
    29
    Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa
    mai 29, 2016
    Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines
    Iowa
    Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa

    Through Cop on Top help and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes May 29,2016 in Altoona, Ankeny, and Des Moines. Law enforcement officers and volunteers will be stationed outside of popular retail or grocery stores. (ALL DAY)

    For more information
    Phone: 515-986-5520

    mai 29, 2016
    Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines , Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • juin
    04
    Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa
    juin 04, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Des Moines
    Iowa
    Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa

    Put your strength to the test against a UPS 757 airplane weighing more than 120,000 pounds. Team awards will be given in the following categories: Fastest Pull (in each of the five divisions); Grand Champion; Top Fundraising Team; Best Team Costume. For more information using the link and contact information below.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    juin 04, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Endeavor Air/South Cargo Ramp, Des Moines International Airport
    Des Moines, Iowa
    UNITED STATES
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