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Special Olympics National Games to Showcase Iowa

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


Obvious community support and economic benefits will surround an event being planned by ISU Extension’s University Conference Services (UCS). The first Special Olympics USA National Games is coming to Ames in July 2006.


“This is a great opportunity to showcase Ames and Iowa,” said Rich Fellingham, Special Olympics Iowa president. “University Conference Services’ relationship with the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau makes it possible to access campus and community venues and keep all events in the same area. And the ISU connection provides an infrastructure that supports an event of this magnitude.”


The Games also includes a huge educational component, said Julie Weeks, UCS project coordinator.


For example, a youth summit is conducting attitude research, and a healthy athlete program will offer clinical exams. A legislative field hearing will bring together government officials and experts on people with special needs. Also, a curriculum is being developed for use in Iowa schools.


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu