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.

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.
Please contact Jennifer Hart with eligibility questions at (641) 754-5715.

The following forms need to be filled out and sent to the Park and Rec office.    Once they are on file, the athlete does not need to submit them again.  Physicals need to be completed every 3 years.

Registration Form        Release Form          Athlete Physical    

Register ONLINE  for the sports the athlete would like to participate in.

  • Bowling (registration deadline: September 1st, 2023)
  • Snowshoeing (registration deadline: November 17th, 2023)
  • Cross Country Skiing (registration deadline: November 17th, 2023)
  • Basketball Skills (registration deadline: November 17th, 2023)
  • Basketball Team (registration deadline: November 17th, 2023)
  • Dance/Cheer (registration deadline: December 1st, 2023)
  • Swimming (registration deadline: February 1st, 2024)
  • Track & Field (registration deadline: February 1st, 2024)
  • Cycling (registration deadline: February 1st, 2024)
  • Softball Team (registration deadline: March 1st, 2024)

Follow Bobcat Special Olympics on Facebook for more information.

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.

Become a Coach


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, Ext. 3.

Special Olympics Volunteer Application

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