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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  • янв 08 - янв 09
    Winter Games
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    Пн янв 8 - Вт янв 09, 2018
     
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    Dubuque
    Iowa
    USA

    Winter Games

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    Пн янв 8 - Вт янв 09, 2018
     

    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
  • мар 09 - мар 10
    Mid-Winter Tournament
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    Пт мар 9 - Сб мар 10, 2018
     
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    Iowa City
    Iowa
    USA

    Mid-Winter Tournament

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    Пт мар 9 - Сб мар 10, 2018
     

    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
  • май 17 - май 19
    Summer Games
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    Чт май 17 - Сб май 19, 2018
     
    location
    Ames
    Iowa
    USA

    Summer Games

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    Чт май 17 - Сб май 19, 2018
     

    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
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  • мар 14 - мар 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Чт мар 14 - Чт мар 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Чт мар 14 - Чт мар 21, 2019
     

    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.