Special Olympics provides activities for people with Intellectual Disabilities, so they may make connections with people in their community. Special Olympics is an International program of year-round sports and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. There are approximately 130 individuals involved in the Muscatine County Special Olympics program. Special Olympics athletes are men, women, boys and girls. They are like other athletes. They train and compete. They learn to win and to lose. They strive to do their best. They inspire us.
The Knights of Columbus has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics and KanDo Summer Camp since the 1970’s. With their yearly support our camps have thrived, being able to take special trips to places like Niabi Zoo and the Putnum Museum.
Our Special Olympics athletes have benefited from the K of C, outfitting them with new uniforms, paying for bussing, overnight trips and meals. The Knights also volunteer at our events and travel to the State Games in Ames to show their support!
SKILL LEVEL SPORTS
Special Olympics is a competitive sports program adaptive to each individuals needs or ability level. “Skills” sports are offered in certain sports to new participants or people who need to work on certain skills to get to the next level of teams sports.
Athletes are placed in divisions based on age, ability level and in some cases gender. By doing this, not one person is dominating a sport and competition is on an equal playing field. This ultimately creates a competitive environment and enhances the sports experience for athletes.
Event dates and times are subject to change due to weather or program conflicts. Up to date information can be provided by calling the YMCA at 263-9996
December 17: Vetter Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament, 8:30am first tip off-Muscatine Community YMCA.
January 9-11: Winter Games for Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing-Sundown Ski, Albrect Acres-Dubuque.
January 21: Team District Basketball & Skills Basketball Tournament-North Scott Jr. High School, Eldridge.
February 13: Firefighter’s Basketball Game, 7pm-Muscatine Community YMCA.
February 25: District Swim Meet, 10am-Clinton High School, Clinton.
March 10-11: Mid-Winter Tournament for Basketball, Basketball Skills & Power-Lifting–Field House, Iowa City.
April 8: Spring Games for Track & Field, 10am-North Scott Jr. High School, Eldridge.
May 15: Torch Bike Ride to kick off Summer Games, 9am-Muscatine to Riverside.
May 25-27: State Summer Games for Track & Field, Soccer Skills, Swimming & Bocce-ISU Campus, Ames.