About the Special Populations Involvement (SPI) Program

The Special Populations Involvement (SPI) program provides leisure opportunities for persons with special needs, including those with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. Persons with special needs are encouraged to participate in any of the recreation programs offered by the Recreation Division. SPI programs are offered in structured, success-oriented environments in the areas of sports & fitness, arts, music & movement, independent living skills, clubs, social activities, and special events.

Registration is required for participation and class size is limited to assure quality instruction. Registration is first-come, first served, so register early to assure placement in these programs. Classes are reviewed three days prior to start and those with insufficient enrollment are subject to cancelation. Participants may register at the Recreation Division office at 220 S. Gilbert St., by mail with the SPI registration form on page 45 of the Activity Guide, or online at www.icgov.org/activityregistration.

Click here to view the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Activity guide including all SPI programs.

SPI and Special Olympics

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 disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Special Olympics Eligibility

According to the requirements of Special Olympics Iowa, all athletes must have a current Application for Participation Form signed by a physician on file with the Recreation Division office BEFORE THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING OR COMPETITION. Athletes are required to attend a minimum of 50% of the scheduled practices to be eligible for competition.

Be a Champion

To become involved in the Special Olympics program as an athlete, coach or volunteer, contact RaQuishia Harrington at (319) 356-5100 or RaQuishia-Harrington@iowa-city.org.