North Central Iowa Arc
Special Olympics Oath:
Let me win,
But if I cannot win,
Let me be brave in the attempt.

Special Olympics are made possible by thousands of volunteers who know that persons with
intellectual and developmental disabilities can enjoy a positive experience through participation and competition in a sports program.
Over 10,000 athletes beginning at the age of 8 are active participants in Iowa. Ribbons and
medals are earned in Special Olympics, just as in other sports programs.

A yearly schedule of events is available from the State office. Activities include aquatics,
track and field, bowling, wheelchair, winter games, power lifting, cheerleading, basketball,
golf and tennis, volleyball and others.

Volunteering includes coaching athletes and/or helping run activities and tournaments.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.

Special Olympics Mission

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions
in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children 8 years of age and older, as well as adults
with intellectual and developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness,
demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and
friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

Special Olympics Name

The Organization is known as Special Olympics, Incorporated, with international
headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA, Special Olympics, Inc. (SOI) is
the official world governing body for Special Olympics.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities can, with proper instruction
and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted
as necessary to meet the needs of those with special intellectual and physical limitations.

Special Olympics believes that, through sports training and competition, persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; families are strengthened;
and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united with persons
with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

National Office
Special Olympics, Incorporated
1325 G. Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005-4709
Phone (202) 628-3630

Chapter Office
Special Olympics Iowa
3737 Woodland Ave., Suite 325
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266-1930
Phone (515) 267-0131
Fax (515)267-0232

Area Director
Holly-Jane Kusserow-Smidt
102 N. 4th Street
Forest City, Iowa 50436
Business (515) 582-2092

Arc of North Central Iowa
Special Olympics Representative

Steve Beavers
752 S, Monroe Ct.
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone work: 641-423-7071 home: 641-430-5102

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