Special Olympics Iowa
Friends Forever participates in the North Central Area of Special Olympics Iowa. Friends Forever began offering this Day Hab community integration program in the year 2000. During our first year, we had 7 athletes participate in track & field. We now have 23 athletes who participate in track & field, bowling, and basketball skills. Our program also holds a monthly meeting where the athletes meet and discuss different topics within the Friends Forever Special Olympics Program.
Friends Forever also participates in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a fundraiser that involves officers statewide converging on Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA to pass the torch to a Special Olympics Athlete who, in turn, lights the Olympic flame at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Iowa State Summer Games. Law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County sponsor a torch for Special Olympics Iowa and provides runners to carry the torch through Webster City. Along with the Torch Run, Friends Forever coordinates a special presentation for the athletes in Hamilton County, which allows them the chance to speak in front of 250 teammates, friends, family, and local community people.
All donations in the name of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, private donations, poker runs, guns & hoses, and torch run t-shirt sales, goes directly to Special Olympics Iowa. If you would like to donate to indvidual teams within Hamilton County, donations can be directed specifically to those teams by contacting or sending your donation to the school/agency of your choice. For more information about the Torch Run Presentation in Hamilton County, please contact Kenric Weinschenk at Friends Forever (515-832-9550).
Participating Teams in Hamilton County
South Hamilton School - Jewell, IA
Webster City High School
Webster City Middle School
Webster City Sunset Heights Elementary
Friends Forever Social Education Center - Webster City, IA