United Way of Clinton County, Iowa and Special Athletes of Clinton County have had a long and lasting partnership that would not be possible without donations from the residents and businesses of Clinton County.
We all take things for granted. We probably raise a family, have a job, get involved in extracurricular activities, and volunteer, etc. Many times we feel there isn’t enough time in the day.
Many in the special-needs community have the opposite problem – they have too much idle time. They have nothing to look forward to on a day-to-day basis. With Special Athletes, they now have sports to look forward to, which helps them physically and emotionally. Special Athletes of Clinton County provides athletic opportunities for special-needs people to participate in various sports so they can improve their physical well-being. They also get to enjoy and build lasting friendships that improve their mental well-being.
In Clinton County, we offer over 120 athletes nearly a dozen sports, including basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, power lifting, swimming and more. Each sport practices about three hours a week during their “season” and this provides them with the opportunity for physical exercise and camaraderie.
Special Athletes compete in district and state competitions, which is our biggest expense. Transporting up to 50 athletes to an event gets expensive, and we depend on United Way of Clinton County, Iowa for the majority of our funding. Without UWCCI financial assistance, we might have to curtail our activities, and then our athletes will have fewer opportunities to keep themselves active.
So please donate to United Way of Clinton County, Iowa. If you cannot donate through your work, please call UWCCI at 242-1209, and they will help you make a one-time donation or set up regular weekly/monthly direct withdrawals from your bank account. Even if you give $5 or $10 a month, it could pay for one of our athletes to go to competitions for the whole year.
United We Fight. United We Win!
John “Spider” Christensen,
Director of Clinton County Special Athletes