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.
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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. 

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551 S.E. Dovetail Road
Grimes, IA 50111

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+1 (515) 986-5520

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  • صفر
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    Davenport Polar Plunge
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    السبت صفر 08, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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    Davenport
    Iowa
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    Davenport Polar Plunge

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    السبت صفر 08, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Being a Plunger means cooling your body while warming hearts. The Polar Plunge® is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters.


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    West Lake Park Beach
    14910 110th Ave, Davenport, IA 52804
    Davenport, Iowa
    USA
  • صفر
    08
    Siouxland Polar Plunge
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    السبت صفر 08, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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    Salix
    Iowa
    USA

    Siouxland Polar Plunge

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    السبت صفر 08, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Being a Plunger means cooling your body while warming hearts. The Polar Plunge® is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters.


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    Brown’s Lake
    722 Bigelow Park Rd, Salix, IA 51052
    Salix, Iowa
    USA
  • صفر
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    Fort Dodge Polar Plunge
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    الأحد صفر 16, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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    Fort Dodge
    Iowa
    USA

    Fort Dodge Polar Plunge

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    الأحد صفر 16, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Being a Plunger means cooling your body while warming hearts. The Polar Plunge® is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters.


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    Kennedy Park
    1415 Nelson Ave, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
    Fort Dodge , Iowa
    USA
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  • صفر
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    Dubuque Polar Plunge
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    السبت صفر 29, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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    Dubuque
    Iowa
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    Dubuque Polar Plunge

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    السبت صفر 29, 1439
    12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Being a Plunger means cooling your body while warming hearts. The Polar Plunge® is a signature fundraiser for Special Olympics and offers a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters.


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    Dubuque Water Sports Club
    Dubuque Water Sports Club PO BOX 3377 Dubuque, IA 52004
    Dubuque, Iowa
    USA
  • صفر
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    State Bowling Tournament
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    السبت صفر 29, 1439
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
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    Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Council Bluffs
    Iowa
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    State Bowling Tournament

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    السبت صفر 29, 1439
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Although Bowling does not belong to the Olympic sports, it is among the most popular sports in Special Olympics. It is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities, regardless of their age or sports abilities, since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Plus, it’s great fun! An athlete may participate in one of the following events (ramp bowling is available): Singles Doubles Team (four-person) Unified Doubles (one SOIA athlete with one Unified partner) Unified Team (two SOIA athletes with two Unified partners)


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    Westdale Bowl, Bowlerama, Merle Hay Lanes, Thunderbowl
    Multiple Locations
    Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    USA
  • ربيع الثاني 21 - ربيع الثاني 22
    Winter Games
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    الإثنين ربيع الثاني 21 - الثلاثاء ربيع الثاني 22, 1439
     
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    Dubuque
    Iowa
    USA

    Winter Games

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    الإثنين ربيع الثاني 21 - الثلاثاء ربيع الثاني 22, 1439
     

    Cold weather, snow, ice, mountains…nothing can stop our athletes from speeding down the slope, running through the snowshoe course or skating around the rink. Dubuque plays host to more than 350 athletes and 150 volunteers for the two-day Winter Games. With accommodations at the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, athletes, coaches and families have plenty of choices for winding down after competitions.


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    Sundown Mountain, Albrecht Acres, Mystique Community Ice Center
    16991 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002; 14837 Sherrill Rd, Sherrill, IA 52073; 1800 Admiral Sheehy Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001
    Dubuque, Iowa
    USA
  • جمادى الثانية 21 - جمادى الثانية 22
    Mid-Winter Tournament
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    الجمعة جمادى الثانية 21 - السبت جمادى الثانية 22, 1439
     
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    Iowa City
    Iowa
    USA

    Mid-Winter Tournament

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    الجمعة جمادى الثانية 21 - السبت جمادى الثانية 22, 1439
     

    The Mid-Winter Tournament is Special Olympics Iowa’s own version of March Madness. Held annually in Iowa City, more than 1,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners can be seen competing at the University of Iowa Field House and Iowa City West High School. Healthy Athletes screenings will also be provided to athletes by healthcare professionals for eyesight, dental, hearing, overall health and fitness and more.


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    University of Iowa, Iowa City West High School, Iowa City High
    309 S. Madison Street Iowa City, IA 52242
    Iowa City, Iowa
    USA
  • رمضان 02 - رمضان 04
    Summer Games
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    الخميس رمضان 2 - السبت رمضان 04, 1439
     
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    Ames
    Iowa
    USA

    Summer Games

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    الخميس رمضان 2 - السبت رمضان 04, 1439
     

    The Summer Games are Special Olympics Iowa’s largest event of the year, with more than 2,600 athletes 1,200 coaches and 2,000 volunteers converging on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. The three-day event begins with the Torch Run Final Leg bringing the Flame of Hope from downtown Des Moines to Hilton Coliseum for the Opening Ceremony presented by Hy-Vee. Also featured at the games is an Olympic Festival, which is an area for athletes to relax between competitions and interact with sponsors and partners through games and activities. Healthy Athletes screenings will also be provided to athletes by healthcare professionals for eyesight, dental, hearing, overall health and fitness and more.


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    Iowa State University
    1900 Osborn Dr, Ames, IA 50010
    Ames, Iowa
    USA
  • رجب 07 - رجب 14
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    الخميس رجب 7 - الخميس رجب 14, 1440
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    الخميس رجب 7 - الخميس رجب 14, 1440
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


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    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.