Special Olympics Iowa needs your input at July 12 meeting

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cherokee is host for NW Iowa area

Residents of Northwest Iowa are invited to a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, July 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Danny's Sport Spot at 1013 South Second Street in Cherokee. This is the first of five meetings held across Iowa this summer to gather information for the Special Olympics Iowa strategic plan. The meeting is taking place in Cherokee to accommodate people who live in the SOIA northwest area including: Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties.

SOIA President and CEO Mark A. Reed said, "The meetings are hosted by SOIA Area Directors and are open to athletes, families, donors, coaches, volunteers and interested individuals." The strategic plan will ultimately allow more of Iowa's children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in Special Olympics Iowa.

A series of questions will be asked at all town hall meetings by an outside facilitator. "The meetings are designed to learn more about what works and could be done even better," Reed said. "Board members and staff will be present as observers to learn and better understand Special Olympics at work in the communities throughout the state. There will also be time for the audience to ask questions and learn more."

Reed said many people don't realize Special Olympics is about more than just sports. "Athletes participating in Special Olympics find they have increased self-confidence, skills, recognition and acceptance, in addition to being better prepared to give back and be more productive members of their families and communities. The more input we have at the town hall meetings, the more it will help us develop this important plan for Iowa."

Advance registration is encouraged by calling 1-877-267-0134 or emailing lgasco@soiowa.org. Iowa residents from other counties are welcome to attend this meeting.

Special Olympics Iowa, a statewide nonprofit organization, has provided sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities since 1968. Nearly 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports Partners participate in SOIA year-round in all 99 counties of Iowa. For more information, visit www.soiowa.org.

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