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.

EVENT DATES

August 19: Cop on Top Fundraiser, Dunkin’ Donuts, Muscatine

September 7: Unified Golf Tournament–Muscatine Municipal Golf Course

September 24: Flag Football District Competition – Cedar Rapids 

TBD:  District Bowling Tournament 

November 19: State Bowling Tournament–Cedar Rapids

NEW LEADERSHIP

     Tim Atkins has been part of our Special Olympics program for over 15 years.  As a volunteer & coach he has been an asset to Special Olympics in many capacities. During the past year he took on several additional roles and served as our Interim Director. 

     Going forward Tim will be our Special Olympics Head Coach in charge of overseeing all programs.

     Tracy Rininger recently joined our Special Olympics team. She will handle all of the behind the scenes work including planning, scheduling,

athlete communication, registration, and help out wherever needed. Tracy has been very involved in our program as a parent volunteer for more than 10 years. Her son, Adam, participates in a variety of our programs.

     Tracy says her favorite part of Special Olympics is easy; it’s the athletes because “the enthusiasm is contagious and their personalities are refreshing for everyone around!”

     We are thrilled to have Tim and Tracy on board to keep our program strong and moving in the right direction.

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.