Special Olympics Iowa has extended the suspension of all
in-person training and competitions until further notice.
Virtual Summer Mini Golf Tournament
We may not be able to hold the annual Unified golf tournaments in person this year, but that won't stop us from enjoying some golf with our friends!

We are excited to announce that during the month of August, we will be holding a Virtual Summer Mini Golf Tournament. The tournament is open to all athletes, Unified partners, coaches, and fans. The two-part event kicks off today with the at-home tournament and concludes on August 28 with the announcement of tournament results. The at-home tournament features nine holes created from common household items. The Virtual Summer Mini Golf Series will be August 27 and 28 and will include a virtual dance, a talent show, game hours, and the announcement of the tournament results.
Steppin' Through Summer Challenge
We are just past the halfway point for the Steppin' Through Summer fitness challenge. During the first six weeks, the Special Olympics Iowa community logged over 4,355 hours of walking, biking, rolling, and running. Great work, Steppin' Through Summer participants! As we begin the second half of the challenge, we look forward to reaching new milestones as a community and seeing the health and fitness journey continue for many individuals.

If you have not already, join the challenge and help us to continue crushing fitness goals all summer long!

The 3rd Annual Athlete Leadership Conference has Moved to a Virtual Setting
After much thought and consideration, the annual Athlete Leadership Conference which is scheduled for September 18 and 19 will be moving to a virtual setting. While we would like to keep the trainings exactly as they were planned, we have had to make a few adjustments. Wendy will be reaching out to all the individuals registered for the conference to provide more information about the upcoming virtual Athlete Leadership Conference.   
Join Us for the LETR Golf Tournament
We invite you to join us for the 9th Annual LETR Golf Tournament on Monday, August 17, at Beaver Creek Golf Club! To help with social distancing, the tournament will utilize assigned tee times and the auction, raffle drawings, and prizes will be conducted virtually.

The cost to participate is $75 a person or $300 per foursome. Registrations are due to Megan at Mfilipi@soiowa.org by Friday, August 7, and tee times will be shared with team captains on Monday, August 10.
2020 Virtual Softball
Last Friday we brought the month-long 2020 Virtual Softball event to a close, after an exciting month of competition and virtual fun. The month began with the at-home competition, which saw athletes from across the state competing in base running, throwing, fielding, and hitting events.

The Virtual Softball Series was July 29, 30, and 31. The series included workouts, virtual tours, a game hour, health sessions, a talent show, and the highly anticipated awards announcement. We hope everyone will join us for our next virtual event - Virtual Summer Mini Golf Tournament.
Champions of Inclusion Month - Thank You

During the month of July, Special Olympics programs from around the world came together to celebrate Champions of Inclusion. We would like to thank everyone that donated during the match campaign and shared about a Champion of Inclusion in their life.

Connect With Special Olympics Iowa
Practicing social distancing may be the most effective way to fight the spread of COVID-19. However, that doesn't mean you can't connect virtually and reach out to teammates, friends, and family.

Connect with Special Olympics Iowa for inspiration and wellness tips.
Coaches Corner
We are excited to share that Class A Volunteer certification and re-certification can now be completed online in three steps.
  1. Complete the Class A Volunteer Application and background check
  2. Take the Protective Behavior Training and quiz
  3. submit a color photo, passport quality, to classa@soiowa.org