Make Your Year-End Gift Through Dec. 31 and it Will be Matched!
Special Olympics' partner FINISH LINE - a leading athletic retailer - is offering an exciting challenge. Through December 31, 2015, FINISH LINE will match your tax-deductible donation, dollar for dollar, up to a campaign total of $200,000.

This Ignite the Change Matching Fund will double the impact of every dollar you give. That means Special Olympics will be able to do more for our athletes ... reach farther to engage new athletes ... and show the world more than ever what people with intellectual disabilities can accomplish. 
Sioux City Family Turns Polar Plunge into a Local Tradition
Plunging for a Purpose has taken on a whole new meaning for the Betsworth family. Mitchell Betsworth has been a Special Olympics Iowa athlete since junior high and now at the age of 20, completed his sixth Polar Plunge®.

"I love running into the water," Mitchell says. 

Mitchell is a member of the Sioux City Knights, which had 10 athletes on three different plunge teams participate in the 2015 Siouxland Polar Plunge® on Oct. 24. The teams raised more than $18,500 for Special Olympics Iowa.

Congratulations to our 2015 Holiday Card Design Contest Winners! 
Thank you to all of our amazing athletes who submitted designs for our 2015 holiday card! We had a record number of entries this year and we loved them all so much, we could not pick just one! 

The first artist selected was Tasha Conklin, a 23-year-old athlete from Sergeant Bluff. She was so excited her artwork was selected, that she feels like she won another Special Olympics medal!

The second artist selected was Tomi DeGrado from Marshalltown, who is also 23 years old. She created her design using thumb art, which she often does for cards and thank you notes.

Invest in SOIA Athletes Through New Endow Iowa Agency Funds
It is with great excitement that Special Olympics Iowa has opened two Endow Iowa agency funds. These funds demonstrate an investment in the athletes of both today and the future athletes of tomorrow.

Iowa Miss Amazing Pageant Set for Jan. 29-30 in Council Bluffs
The fourth annual Iowa Miss Amazing Pageant will be held January 29-30 at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. The mission of the Miss Amazing organization is to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to gain confidence in a supportive and fun environment! 

If you have any further questions, contact Maddie Lorenzen, Iowa Miss Amazing state director, at

A Special Offer from iWireless
iWireless is taking donations for SOIA at all of its locations now through Feb. 1, 2016. As part of this partnership, they are offering our athletes, families and volunteers a special deal!

20% off an accessory!

Class A Application Update
Thank you to all of our delegation managers, coaches and volunteers for submitting your Class A Volunteer Applications. The applications are being processed much smoother because of your help making sure all the application components are complete.
Remember incomplete Class A Volunteer Applications will be held at the state office for three months. After that, the application will be shredded and you will have to resubmit a new application to volunteer.

Applications may take up to 30 days to process, so please plan ahead when you need your credential.
Corporate Vision Blooms into Partnership for Winter Games
The Spahn and Rose Lumber Company, based out of Dubuque, has been a sponsor of the Special Olympics Iowa Winter Games for more than 10 years. Like many of SOIA's sponsors, the company has gone beyond monitary donations, with employees volunteering their time to make the Winter Games a success.

Dan Wachtel, head of the IT department at Spahn and Rose, began volunteering at Alpine skiing events because a former volunteer asked for his help with setting up the race courses.

New Digital Magazine Designed to Help People with Intellectual Disabilities
Look, Cook and Eat, a new digital magazine designed to help individuals with special needs learn to cook, has launched is now available to subscribers.

The bimonthly magazine, which is 100% digital and viewable on computers and mobile devices (smart phones not recommended), utilizes photography, videography and audio voiceovers to help users identify ingredients and tools, and illustrates how to cook simple dishes in a series of three short videos. Each issue will feature nine menus, and each menu will include three recipes (for a total of 27 recipes in each issue). 

Bosworth Hired as LETR Marketing/Event Coordinator
Rachel Bosworth has been named the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Marketing and Event Coordinator for Special Olympics Iowa. She began her position in November.

She will help coordinate LETR events such as Cop on Top, Final Leg, Over the Edge, Pigskin Madness, Polar Plunges®, Tip a Cop and more.

Coach's Corner
Coaches Training Certification Clinics
To see a list of upcoming training clinics, visit our online calendar and click on the Coaches Training check box on the left.  

Upcoming Deadlines
Basketball - Deadlines vary by area; conference deadline is Dec. 11
Entry forms for area basketball skills and conference basketball are now available on the SOIA website. In the Competitions drop list, click on Participation Forms to download the forms you need.

The 2016-2023 Rhythmic Gymnastics routines are now available. Please contact Rhonda Schwarzkopf at or 515-986-5520 to request a computer disc.

Athlete Physical Updates
Reminders and updated for submitting an athlete's Application for Participation were sent out to all coaches. For legal reasons and for the safety of our athletes we have to follow these guidelines. 
Sign Up for a Fundraising Event!
Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) continues to make a lifelong impact on the lives of our athletes. But the  impact extends even farther...changing the lives of those who empower our athletes.  Here's your chance to make an impact!

Brrrrrrring on the cold! Whether you plunge solo or with coworkers, friends or family - for the ultimate bonding experience - we'll help you take "cool" up a degree or two. Click the above link to find a Plunge near you!

Are You Ready for Some Football? Pigskin Madness Tickets on Sale Now! 
We're gearing up for the NFL season and our annual Pigskin Madness tickets are on sale now! You have eight chances to win each week of the remaining NFL season! 

Northwest Iowa Taco John's Fundraiser to Benefit SOIA Athletes
Taco John's will be hosting a special Nachos Navidad® holiday fundraiser and awareness campaign from Nov. 23 to Dec. 25, donating a portion of each Nachos Navidad® purchase Special Olympics athletes in northwest Iowa. Taco John's locations participating in this campaign include Sioux City, North and South Sioux City, Cherokee, Sheldon, Spencer, and Storm Lake. Along with the Nachos Navidad purchases, Taco John's will also be collecting change and selling paper ornaments.
Calendar Highlights
For a full listing of events, visit our online calendar.

4-5 - Global Messenger Workshop
24, 25, 31 - State Office Closed - Happy Holidays!

1 - State Office Closed - Happy New Year!
11-13 - Winter Games