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Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities 8 years of age or older. Athletes train in their sport, compete at an area level and may progress to the state level of competition.

Sports Seasons

There are five sports seasons for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Choose from a season below for competition forms, rules and sporting events.

Winter Games Season

Indoor Sports Tournament Season

Summer Games Season

Outdoor Sports Tournament Season

Fall Sports Tournament Season

State Games

Outdoor Sports Tournament

Date:August 1-3, 2014
Location:Carroll University - Waukesha, WI
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2013 Photos

Fall Sports Tournament

Fall Sports Tournament Fact Sheet

Northern Date: December, 7 2013
Northern Location (Bowling):
Dale's Weston Lanes
5902 Schofield Ave
Weston, WI 54476

Southern Date: December, 7 2013
Southern Location (Bowling):AMF Bowlero
11737 W. Burleigh St.
Wauwatosa, WI 53222
Southern Location (Volleyball):Center Court Complex
815 Northview Rd
Waukesha, WI 53188

Text "SOWIFST" to 51555 to receive Fall Sports Tournament updates straight to your phone. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Winter Games

Winter Games Fact Sheet

Date: January 25-26, 2014
Location: Wausau, WI

Winter Games Cancelled - Details

Indoor Sports Tournament

Indoor Sports Tournament Fact Sheet

Date:April 5-6, 2014
Location: UW-Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI

Results - Photos

Summer Games

Results - Photos

Special Olympics USA Games

Special Olympics USA Games Website

Learn about our athletes and coaches going to the 2014 USA Games.

Every four years Special Olympics conducts a National Summer Games in the United States that includes athletes from all 52 US Programs. New Jersey is proud to have been selected as host of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, the Games of Welcome and Acceptance.

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase athletes competing in 14 official and 3 demonstration sports during the week of June 14 – 21. Competitions will be offered in both Traditional and Unified play, bringing together the community to support and play side-by-side with our athletes, in what expects to be the most inclusive Games in Special Olympics History.

While the Games will highlight competition, special events including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athlete events and educational programs throughout the week, will create an experience of a lifetime for all athletes, families and volunteers in attendance…..leading to a change in understanding and acceptance of persons with Intellectual Disabilities in communities throughout New Jersey and throughout the United States.

More information coming soon!

World Games

Special Olympics World Games Website

Each World Games marks progress toward a new global vision of acceptance for those of all abilities. The Games are also a way to show the world what it means to be the “Best in Sport.”

The next World Summer Games will be held in 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The 2015 Los Angeles Games will bring the Special Olympics World Summer Games back to the United States after an absence of 16 years – for the first time since the 1999 Special Olympics Summer Games in Raleigh, North Carolina.

LA 2015 is expected to draw 7,000 athletes from almost every one of our 170 countries. In addition, there will be 3,000 coaches, 30,000 volunteers and an estimated 500,000 spectators.

Unified Sports®

Other than family members, there are few people who are closer than teammates. Somehow, their common pursuit against the odds, that shared moment of victory or defeat, brings even the most diverse people together – and no program does that better than Special Olympics Unified Sports!

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Special Olympics Unified Sports combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on the sports teams. The program was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In fact, 93% of partners say they gained a better understanding of their teammates through Unified Sports.


Unified Sports® creates unique teammate bonds through sports experiences just like any other sports team, creating a culture of inclusion and fostering understanding in schools and communities around the state. Participation in Unified Sports leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitude, behavior and performance for all students involved.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. Half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.


Through Project UNIFY®, Unified Sports is an essential part of successfully creating inclusive school communities where everyone is accepted and respected. By taking it out of the classroom and onto the playing field, students from both the general education and special education classrooms experience new social opportunities and make new friends they may not have otherwise. Their peers without intellectual disabilities learn valuable lessons of character development and may serve as mentors. Many parents and siblings also find that Unified Sports offers a new way to spend time together and meet other families. To learn how to get Unified Sports started at your school, check out the Unified Sports Guide for Students.



The foundation of Unified Sports is the principal of meaningful involvement, where every player is given an opportunity to contribute to the success of his or her team through their unique skills and qualities. Therefore, three models have been developed to ensure social inclusion: competitive, player development, and recreation.

The Unified Sports Competitive Model combines athletes and partners of similar age and ability as teammates for training and competition. Sports are played without modification to Special Olympics rules with competition as a focus, therefore all teammates have attained sufficient and necessary sport-specific skills and tactics.

The Unified Sports Player Development Model allows teammates of higher abilities to serve as mentors to assist players with lower abilities in practices and competition, all of similar age. Rules may be modified for fair play and defined mentor roles. Player development focuses on social inclusion, development of skills and improved comprehension of game tactics for lower ability players, developing leadership and teaching skills for players in mentoring roles, and offers sub-programs greater options when there are not athletes and partners who match in ability levels.

The Unified Sports Recreation Model involves participation of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities without any prescribed training or competition. The goals are to promote social inclusion and to increase sports skills and knowledge in a less structured environment. The recreation model often acts as an entry point or exposure to the other Unified Sports models.


The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has partnered with Special Olympics to offer the Special Olympics Unified Sports® Course for Coaches. This training is FREE and online! Take the course now!


Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is eager to work closely with schools and communities throughout the state to foster development of Unified Sports. If you wish to become involved, e-mail Bob Whitehead or Jeanne Hrovat for more information on how to get started with Unified Sports!
July 2014
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# Volunteers Needed!
Special Olympics Athlete Scores Free Dental Care
2014-07-16 14:28:00 - By: Christina Harris
Richard Green, a 31-year-old Special Olympics athlete from Marshfield, Wisconsin, feels at home on the field. But, when he started to experience discomfort in his tooth, it was difficult to focus on anything but the pain.
A Toothy Smile
2014-07-16 14:26:15 - By: Christina Harris
Like many of us, 19-year-old Josh Stankey grinds his teeth. But for Josh, this habit wore down his front tooth so much, it chipped. But, when Josh and his mother sought out a dentist, they couldn't find any who would accept medical assistance.
The Larabee Family
2014-07-07 11:01:27 - By: Christina Harris
1. Watching the athletes interact with each other, compete, and have fun! 2. Meeting, hanging out with, or getting to know other families from around the country, Wisconsin, and those on our bowling team. 3. Watching our son bowl his personal best, a 213.
A Family that Leaps Together, Stays Together
2014-07-02 14:32:58 - By: Christina Harris
Every summer for the past four years Paul Baniel, CFO of the Packers, has strapped on a harness and rappelled Over the Edge of Lambeau Field to raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin. This July, his children will follow in his footsteps.
Athletes Kick Off the Outdoor Sports Tournament with Free Foot Screenings
2014-07-02 14:30:26 - By: Christina Harris
Dozens of medical professionals will volunteer to give athletes free podiatry screenings at Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® at the State Outdoor Sports Tournament in Waukesha on Saturday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fit Feet screenings examine the athlete’s foot, their walking pattern and check their shoe size.
Team Wisconsin Triumphs at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games!
2014-07-02 14:26:26 - By: Christina Harris
Every one of our 62 Team Wisconsin athletes won a medal at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games held in New Jersey June 14-21! The delegation brought home a total of 132 medals and set 54 personal best performances.
Fans Wanted!
2014-07-02 13:58:35 - By: Christina Harris
Fans wanted! Rally your friends, family and colleagues to cheer on Special Olympics athletes at the State Outdoor Sports Tournament August 1-3 in Waukesha. Catch the action at Carroll University, Moor Downs Golf Course and Saratoga Softball Complex.
More than 300 Volunteers Needed at the Special Olympics Wisconsin State Outdoor Sports Tournament hosted in Waukesha!
2014-07-02 13:44:37 - By: Christina Harris
More than 800 athletes will travel across Wisconsin to go for the gold at the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) State Outdoor Sports Tournament hosted in Waukesha on Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. Bocce and tennis competitions will take place at Carroll University, golf will take place at the Moor Downs Golf Course, and softball competitions will be hosted at both Saratoga Softball Complex and Kilgour Field at Carroll University.
Special Olympics Partners with Brewers and Packers for once-in-a-lifetime Experience at Miller Park and Lambeau Field!
2014-07-02 13:44:26 - By: Christina Harris
Cause-conscious thrill seekers will take part in an urban adventure this summer by rappelling down legendary Miller Park on Saturday, July 19 and Lambeau Field on Saturday, August 9!
The 2014 USA Games-An Experience Team Wisconsin will Remember for a Lifetime by Jason Blank, Powerlifting Coach
2014-06-24 16:14:22 - By: Christina Harris
On Friday, competitions came to an end and all athletes at the Games celebrated a successful week at the Closing Ceremony at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ. The Closing Ceremony was a big party including musical guests, multiple presenters and videos. There was so much that happened during the ceremony; I’ll share a couple of highlights from my perspective. The message of the program was acceptance and “living unified”.
Competing in Athletics at the USA Games by Athlete Olivia Quigley
2014-06-23 12:32:16 - By: Christina Harris
Our track meet was at Princeton University. It was big and bold. I loved being there and meeting all of the different states and talking to all of the different people. I got to meet people from Alaska, Kentucky, Wyoming and other states, too. There were a lot of volunteers there and they were really helpful.
Highlights from the 2014 USA Games Youth Summit by Krysten Kirsch
2014-06-23 09:35:11 - By: Christina Harris
Great progress was made this week at the USA Games Youth Summit as students learned, got creative, collaborated, and set goals! The week culminated with the students reflecting on their past successes and making a plan for the future. Each state made a poster to share at the Youth Expo this morning with CEOs, other states, and special guests. We liked the saying we heard from Oscar H. earlier in the week, "Sacrifice for Success," and plan to keep that in mind this coming year
My Experience Coaching Flag Football at the 2014 USA Games by Athlete-Coach John Stemper
2014-06-23 09:14:55 - By: Christina Harris
The flag football games were great! We ended up winning the National Championship in Division 2. It was amazing to be here coaching and the athletes were great. I am so glad to have been here as a coach and to be a part of the thrill of everything. I love to play, but just to come out here and be a part of the team was amazing. I am most proud of how all of our athletes were communicating together during the games and afterwards, too. We have all made friends that will last a lifetime.
One Family's Experience at the 2014 USA Games by Vicki & Dominic Zarletti
2014-06-19 12:55:12 - By: Christina Harris
WOW!!! This has been fantastic. We're cheering for Angela Arsiniega. She is a gymnast for Team Wisconsin. This is our first time at nationals. The Send Off and Opening Ceremony were very moving. Seeing Angela walk into that area with all the athletes was a once in a lifetime moment. We watched gymnastics over the past three days. They were all great. Watching our Angela has moved us beyond words. Like seeing her excitement and the huge smile when she finished an event.
Powerlifters Take Time Out to Visit Healthy Athletes by Coach Jason Blank
2014-06-18 15:50:05 - By: Christina Harris
On Tuesday, the powerlifters took a much needed day off from competition and ventured to The College of New Jersey for Healthy Athletes. There are a lot of benefits that from visiting Healthy Athletes-being in an air-conditioned building during a 90 degree day was the first one that we noticed!

Contact Us

Special Olympics Wisconsin
2310 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1000
Madison, WI 53718

Send Us a Message
Phone: (608) 222-1324
Toll Free: (800) 552-1324

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities