Special Olympics


We are taking every precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of our athletes. Information changes on a daily basis so we will be updating any changes to our YMCA website and our Facebook page.

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.


These are certainly hard times and we miss our athletes so much.  As we continue another round of suspensions, we understand the toll this is taking on everyone, especially those feeling socially and/or emotionally isolated. 

Starting the week of Christmas, we will begin distribution of care packages for our athletes called “Pick-Me-Up-Packs”.  These backpacks include a variety of merchandise items, healthy snacks & fun activities to keep our athletes safe, warm & busy this winter season.  Our goal is to lift spirits & give our athletes hope and encouragement through these difficult times.

Backpacks can be picked up at the YMCA. To make arrangements, call 263-9996 or email [email protected] 


Special Olympics Iowa is extending the suspension of all in-person training and competitions until further notice. The decision to extend the suspension is never easy, however the health and safety of our athletes are of the utmost importance. 

While we are not returning to face to face practices and competitions yet, Special Olympics Iowa is prepared and ready to begin a phased approach when we can do so safely. 

For information regarding virtual activities and programs, please visit the following Special Olympics Iowa sites:

(Website) soiowa.org

(Facebook) facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsIA

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.