Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is a statewide organization providing persons with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Individuals who are at least eight years old and are identified as having a intellectual disability are eligible for participation.
With seven Regional offices throughout the state, Special Olympics Wisconsin serves nearly 10,000 athletes in nearly 180 communities statewide. SOWI is one of the 52 state programs and one of nearly 170 countries providing this opportunity to nearly 4 million athletes around the world.
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.Special Olympics Wisconsin Fact Sheet
- Mutual Respect
- Positive Attitude
Special Olympics does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality, origin or political philosophy.
- Board of Directors
- History of Special Olympics world-wide and in Wisconsin
- Facts on intellectual Disabilities
- E-mail Newsletters
- Staff Listing & Contacts
- Regional Offices
- Careers & Internships
- Alpine Skiing
- Aquatics (swimming)
- Athletics (track & field)
- Cross Country Skiing
- Softball and Tee Ball
Statewide Fund raisers:
Visit our Financial Information web page for contribution sources and audited statements
Organizational Accomplishments and GoalsView them in our 2011 Annual Report
Special Olympics Initiatives
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) train athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles outside that of "competitor." They offer athletes opportunities to participate as partners in all aspects of the Special Olympics movement in Wisconsin.
Healthy Athletes Program is aimed at improving, through better health and fitness, each athlete's ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. It provides basic health-care screenings and testing to Special Olympics athletes at no cost.
AmeriCorps Outreach Assistants
Thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) receiving a grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service, SOWI has been able to host an AmeriCorps Member since 2004 to assist with varying initiatives to connect us with schools, the latest being Project UNIFY and specifically the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
As part of the Strategic Research and Evaluation Plan, Special Olympics Inc. (SOI) has conducted several studies concerning the population that Special Olympics serves and society's attitudes towards them. View Special Olympics Research Studies.
For more information about Special Olympics Wisconsin contact Special Olympics Wisconsin Headquarters
at (800) 552-1324 (608) 222-1324 or e-mail email@example.com.