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Special Olympics Iowa kicks off Virtual Summer Games Series

(KWWL) -- COVID-19 caused Special Olympics Iowa to cancel their in-person Summer Games event, but the group came up with a way to bring community members together, virtually.

The Virtual Summer Games Series runs Thursday, May 21 to Saturday May 23.

Special Olympics Iowa athletes trained and competed at home in various activities like basketball and track and field.

Athletes submitted their times and scores online.

The results for the at-home competitions will be announced on Facebook and Instagram Live at 10 a.m. on May 23.

"Special Olympics Iowa’s biggest competition and celebration of the year is the Summer Games. Even though the spread of COVID-19 required us to suspend training and in-person activities, including the Summer Games, we were determined to create a way for athletes to compete at home and come together virtually, " said Dawn Criss, Special Olympics Iowa senior director of sports and programs.

The public can participate in 15 interactive sessions during the Virtual Summer Games Series.

Some sessions focus on wellness and Special Olympics Iowa programming, while others focus on having fun through games, prizes and dancing.

For more information about the Special Olympics Iowa Virtual Summer Games, go to

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Jordan Thomas

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