Being involved with Special Olympics is a great way to stay fit, learn new skills and meet new friends.
Who are Special Olympics Athletes?
Anyone who has been identified as having a intellectual disability by an agency or professional and is age eight or older can train and compete as a Special Olympics Athlete. Learn how to become an athlete.
Children ages 2-7 both with and without intellectual disabilities may inquire about Special Olympics Wisconsin's Young Athletes Program.
More than half of Special Olympics athletes in the United States hold jobs.
Almost all Special Olympics athletes play at least two sports.
Participation in sports promotes healthy, active lives among a segment of individuals who are more likely to face obesity and health problems than the general population.
At least 80 percent of families in the United States say they have seen improvements in their athlete's self esteem, self confidence, social skills, friendships and health thanks to their participation.
- Athlete Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions
- Athlete Eligibility Questionnaire
- Athlete Input Council (AIC)
- Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs)
- Become an athlete
- Code of Conduct
- Contact Us
- Healthy Athletes
- Medical Policy explanation and deadline dates
- Medical Expiration Date Lookup
- Young Athletes
State Games Results
We post results from each State tournament on our website. Choose an event below to check your results!
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) is a Special Olympics International initiative that gives athletes a voice in the organization. Janesville Special Olympics Agency 7-02 has taken the ALPs philosophy and turned it into a great learning and trust-building experience for their local athlete input council. They decided as a group to go through a high ropes course together. Watch the video
Bryan Herrman, ALPs athlete and basketball player from Cumberland, Wisconsin, took some time to share his insight on sportsmanship. Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) commends Bryan on taking a pro-active stance and breaking down his thoughts into specific behaviors. Read the sportsmanship guidelines.
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Many Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes also participate in Best Buddies. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Learn more about Best Buddies Wisconsin.
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