Families and Friends
State Games information
Family members of a person with intellectual disabilities often feel confused and alone. Getting involved with Special Olympics gives families a support network providing them acceptance, resources, hope and a chance to become advocates – making them a valued voice in our movement. Be part of a year-round sports training and competition program that the whole family can enjoy.
We plan to create additional opportunities at competitions and conferences for families to network, learn from each other and cheer on their athletes.
State Games results and photos
More information for families
- Athlete Medical Expiration Lookup
- Camp Shriver
- Spread the word to end the word
- Young Athletes
- Healthy Athletes
- Download the English Version of the Family Brochure (PDF)
- Haga clic aquí para la Versión inglesa del Folleto de la Familia (PDF)
Families can choose their level of involvement in the Special Olympics program. Some families provide not only encouragement and love, but may coach, offer transportation, assist with fund-raising, officiate, chaperone, and train other volunteers within their local agency. If you are interested in learning more about how you can involve a family member in Special Olympics, please request a Family Packet by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address.
Another way to be involved
Fans in the Stands
Look for cheering items to borrow and posters to design and many of the Regional and State Games to help enhance your fan power. Check out our Fans in the Stands page to learn all about it and see past winners of our Ultimate Fan contest! We’re always looking for great fans so start practicing your cheers now!
Be a mentor for Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs)
Athlete Leadership Programs train athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles
outside of sports in Special Olympics and in their communities. ALPs offers athletes
an opportunity to participate in all aspects of the Special Olympics Wisconsin movement and is a Free program to athletes.
According to a 2005 Special Olympics Inc. Study, Families of Special Olympics athletes saw significant improvements in the athletes' self-esteem and social skills, among other benefits, due to participation in Special Olympics. More information
Other sites to visit:
Can't open a PDF?
If you have questions, contact
Jenn O'Brien, Director of Field Services
Toll Free: (800) 552-1324
Direct Line: (608) 442-5674