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Special Olympics Wisconsin
Special Olympics Wisconsin provides sports training and competition for nearly 10,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in 17 different sports year-round.
UPDATE: Due to the weather, today's Law Enforcement Torch Run Statewide Kick-off event will be moved to the Capitol Rotunda. Hope to see you there at 11:30 (program begins at Noon) as we highlight the achievements of the LETR and law enforcement’s dedication to spreading awareness for our athletes!
2013 Hometown Games
Athletes are training in athletics (track and field) for the 2013 Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) Hometown Games which will take place in communities across the state in Muskego, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Appleton and Racine on Saturday, May 4, 2013 as well as in Merrill and Oregon on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
The Hometown Games will serve as a qualifier for SOWI’s largest event the State Summer Games held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on June 6-8, 2013.
If you’re looking for a rewarding day of excitement and smiles, sign up to volunteer to cheer on your hometown Special Olympics athletes as they race to the finish line! Volunteers are needed to escort athletes to their track events, hand out healthy lunches, present awards and more! For more information or if you would like to volunteer at your local Hometown Games, visit our Calendar of Events.
In honor of our service men and women who volunteer with the organization, volunteers will wear T-shirts that give a special thanks to our “Hometown Heroes”.
Paul Baniel, Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Green Bay Packers, named Special Olympics Wisconsin Board of Directors Chair
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is pleased to announce Paul Baniel, Green Bay Packers Vice President of Finance and Administration, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Special Olympics Wisconsin Board of Directors.
It was my honor to attend the 2013 World Winter Games in the Republic of Korea from January 27-February 6, 2013. I have been very fortunate in my career with Special Olympics to have attended every World Games since the 1981 International Winter Special Olympics Games in Stowe, Vermont and Smugglers’ Notch. During that span I have continued to marvel at the ever-increasing skills of the athletes. This year was no exception. I was able to witness the skills of Jason, Alex and Daina firsthand as they all excelled in their events and brought home medals and ribbons. For them to be a part of TEAM USA was a great privilege and they certainly gave all of us from Wisconsin a reason to be proud.
Special Olympics Basketball Clinic with the Milwaukee Bucks!NBA Basketball players and coaches hosted the annual Special Olympics Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Clinic on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at Elite Fitness in Mequon. Nearly 100 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes practiced drills and learned basketball fundamentals from their role models.
On Monday, February 11, 2013, the Bucks hosted a Special Olympics night in which All-Star players from local Special Olympics leagues were featured at halftime of a +Bucks game in a special basketball exhibition.
Thanks to the Milwaukee Bucks for their ongoing support of our athletes!
United States Department of Education Guidance Calls for Leveling the Playing Field for Students with Disabilities
On January 25, 2013, the United States Department of Education (DOE) released new guidance to schools and school systems throughout the nation that receive federal aid about the requirements of providing quality sports opportunities for students with disabilities. While the guidance does not make new law, it does identify the responsibilities that schools and school systems have under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Read More
Gary Karner has always been a passionate participant and supporter of athletics. While working at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), he was asked to help recruit staff—game officials, timers and scorers—for a Special Olympics basketball tournament. Read More.
“I melted when one of the athletes called me coach. I’ve always wanted to be called coach,” said Katie Mangin, a Client Services Coordinator for Fox Sports Wisconsin who co-coached for her first time at the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) State Fall Sports Tournament. Read More!