Des Moines , IA – Brave souls seeking a true adventure to benefit a good cause still have time to register for Over the Edge (OTE) for Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) on Wednesday, September 17 at the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines. All funds raised support year-round sports training and competition in more than 20 Olympic-style sports for thousands of children and adult athletes across the state.
“We are thrilled to have special guest and Iowa native Pat Miletich, recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee, participate in the fifth annual Special Olympics Iowa Over the Edge,” said SOIA Board member and OTE Committee Chairman Chick Herbert.
“The response for this signature event has been tremendous,” Herbert said. “We have 76 individuals registered and we have room for more than 100 persons to join us for this extreme adventure. Our goal is to have at least 100 rappellers and raise over $100,000.”
Herbert has scaled the 345-foot building each of the past five years along with other corporate leaders, professional athletes, and thrill seekers. “We are happy to have the support of Miletich, and believe his presence will encourage others to join us.”
Over the Edge begins at 9 a.m. on September17. A highlight of the day will be meet and greet times with UFC Hall of Fame inductee Pat Miletich from 8:00-10 a.m. and from 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Participants are asked to raise $1,000 from friends, family, and co-workers to go Over the Edge. There is also a program in which employees whose supervisor has pushed them to the limit can Toss Your Boss if they raise $1,000. Herbert said tossing your boss has become more popular every year. For more information and to register for the event, go to www.soiowa.org/overtheedge or call the Special Olympics office at 515-986-5520.
Corporate and media sponsorships are also available for the event. Sponsors this year include Terrus Real Estate, a property management firm, which has supported SOIA in the past and a new sponsor Murphy Towers, an Iowa- based company which specializes in the construction and repair of cell phone towers. New media sponsors for the event this year include Cumulus Des Moines and Register Media – A Gannett Company.
Through Special Olympics sports training and competition, children and adults with intellectual disabilities reach their potential, and experience inclusion in their schools and communities every day. Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa.