Special Olympics

Eligible Participants

Special Olympic participates are persons age 8 and older identified by an agency or professional as having intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that do or have required specifically designed instruction.
Please contact Jennifer Hart with eligibility questions at (641) 754-5715.

Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with profound intellectual disabilities are able to participate in Special Olympics! With the aid of Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), developed by physical educators, physical therapists and recreation therapists, participants excel in events such as Challenge Days. MATP emphasizes training and participation rather than competition.

Impact on Athletes

Special Olympics participants develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only their abilities and talents but "their voices" as well. There is no cost to participate, however some activities have some associated costs.


Special Olympics needs volunteers to support our athletes!  Volunteers may sit or stand with an athlete while awaiting an event, or coach an athlete in a sport.  Anyone willing to volunteer will be matched with a task to assist an athlete.  Find additional volunteer information and an application below.  Please contact Jennifer Hart with questions at (641) 754-5715.

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Volunteers, Peer Helpers and Coaches are always needed!  If you, or anyone you know, may consider helping any amount of time, it will be greatly appreciated.

More information

Spanish versions of the above forms are available by request. For more information email Jenni Hart or call at 641-754-5715 at the Parks and Recreation office.