To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual skills, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship activities, the Iowa City yesterday kick-started the hosting of Special Olympics with over 1,000 athletes registering for the Mid-Winter tournament. The tournament going on will make this Olympics the the 30th annual Special Olympics Iowa Mid-Winter Tournament.
The olympic started with an opening ceremonies, a banquet and a dance which take place on Friday at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 300 E. Ninth St., Coralville, and today's competition took place at the University of Iowa Field House and Iowa City West and City high schools.The Special Olympics Iowa’s own version of “March Madness,” the Mid-Winter tournament featured basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics and powerlifting. Among the best performing athletes are kaitlyn and Kylie, the Duo showcased an high level of basketball skills. They both won medals. A lot of athlete have shown great talents tonight, medals are going out to more exceptional talent, what is happening today show there are much and more raw talent in our schools and community
This year’s Mid-Winter Tournament is sponsored by the Coralville Marriott, University of Iowa, ACT, UI Community Credit Union and Fareway Food Stores. It is a precursor to Special Olympics Iowa’s Summer Games, to be held this year May 25-27 at Iowa State University in Ames. The largest Special Olympics Iowa event of the year, the Summer Games bring together more than 2,600 athletes, 1,200 coaches and 2,000 volunteers
The Polar Plunge of this Olympic is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by "Freezin' for a Reason." Participants collect pledges from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into icy waters.
Over the Edge is an opportunity to take fundraising to new heights. Participants collect pledges and have the chance to rappel down a 345 ft building in downtown Des Moines!
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