Special Olympics

Special Olympics In Muscatine

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.

Special Olympics offers training and competition opportunities for every athlete, regardless of gender, age or ability.  No matter what the ability level, there is a benefit from Special Olympics.  No matter what the interest—there is a sport for you.  Prior to participation in the program, a Special Olympic athlete must complete an application and release of information form.  These forms can be received from Jason Miller, Special Olympics Program Director, at the Y.


2020 marks the 50th Anniversary for Muscatine Special Olympics! What started with a small group of athletes and volunteers for Track & Field, continued with programming through the ARC, Muscatine School District and the Muscatine County Care Facility. 

Since 2003, Special Olympics has partnered with the Muscatine Community YMCA, setting the example in our community; inclusion for all people and a focus on improving health and physical fitness can bring everyone together.


On December 2nd, Mr. Richard Vetter was inducted into the Special Olympics Iowa Hall Of Fame at the Iowa Hall of Pride in downtown Des Moines. Vetter was one of the original athletes to start the program in 1970, which has now grown to over 170 Athletes. 
At 78 years old, Dick is still active in sports. He brings hope for all athletes receiving the same opportunities to compete and excel in life. Hope for all people, no matter your physical and intellectual differences, there is a place to live a healthy, long and active life.

Congratulations Mr. Vetter!   

Winter/Spring Programming

Event dates and times are subject to change due to weather or program conflicts.  To get up to date information, please contact the YMCA at 263-9996.

December 14: The Vetter Holiday Classic Basketball Tourney, 3 on 3 & 5 on 5 team basketball, 8:30am first tip off- Muscatine Community YMCA. 

January 13-15: Winter Games for Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing-Sundown Ski, Albrecht Acres-Dubuque. 

January 18: Team District Basketball & Skills Basketball Tournament-North Scott Jr. High School, Eldridge. 

February 17: Firefighter’s Basketball Game, 7:00pm-Muscatine Community YMCA.

February 29: District Swim Meet, 10:00am-Muscatine High School.

March 13-14: Mid-Winter Tournament for Team Basketball, Basketball Skills & Power-Lifting–Iowa City & Coralville.

April 4: Spring Games for Track & Field, 10:00am-North Scott Jr. High, Eldridge.

May 11: Torch Bike Ride to kick off Summer Games, 9:00am-Muscatine to Riverside. 

May 21-23: State Summer Games for Track & Field, Soccer Skills, Swimming & Bocce-ISU Campus, Ames.