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975+ Special Olympics Iowa athletes and Unified Sports partners compete at Mid-Winter Tournament in Iowa City March 14-15

Posted March 07, 2014 in Web Exclusives

Iowa City , IA – Special Olympics Iowa athletes and Unified Sports partners from across Iowa will be part of the competition and fun during the upcoming Mid-Winter Tournament in Iowa City March 14 and15. The tournament is open to the public and admission is free. 

“We have just over 975 athletes and Unified Sports partners registered for the Mid-Winter Tournament representing 133 delegations from across the state,” said SOIA Vice President of Sports Operations and Program Shane Kiesner. “Our athletes and Unified Sports partners look forward to a full day of competition on the University of Iowa campus, and the social time with their friends during the banquet and dance.”

The competitions begin at 9:00 a.m. in the University of Iowa Field House and will continue until close to 4:00 p.m. Sports include Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, Basketball Skills and Team Basketball (3 on 3 and 5 on 5), Powerlifting and Cheer and Dance. More than 175 coaches are registered for event. In addition to competition, a Health Promotions session will be Sat., from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Classroom E220 at the Field House.

SOIA Premier Partners include: Hy-Vee, Knights of Columbus, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and Sammons Financial Group. SOIA Statewide Partners include: Cargill, Dubuque Racing Association, Kwik Star, Prairie Meadows and Texas Roadhouse. Local sponsors include: The University of Iowa, Backpocket Brewing, Java House, Johnson County 4-H, and Scratch Cupcakery.

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.  SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to nearly 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round. Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health, and celebrates personal achievement.

For more information, call 515-986-5520 or visit

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