Welcome To Special Olympics International!

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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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    Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa
    شعبان 28, 1437
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Des Moines
    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

    شعبان 28, 1437
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Endeavor Air/South Cargo Ramp, Des Moines International Airport
    Des Moines, Iowa
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