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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

Fall Sports Tournament

December, 6, 2014
Weston and Milwaukee, WI



Winter Games

January 24-25, 2015
Nine Mile Forest - Wausaus, WI
Housing Form



Indoor Sports Tournament

April 10-12, 2015
UW - Oshkosh



Summer Games

June 4-6, 2015
UW - Stevens Point



Outdoor Sports Tournament

August 7-9, 2015
Carroll College - Waukesha, WI

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.

WHY 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.

SCHOOL BASED UNIFIED SPORTS:

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.

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THE THREE UNIFIED SPORTS MODELS:

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.

UNIFIED SPORTS COACHES TRAINING:

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!

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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!
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Meet Coach Dean Glaze
2014-11-24 14:15:05 - By: Christina Harris
Dean Glaze, a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, volunteered at a Special Olympics tournament as part of an adaptive physical education class in 1979. What began as a class requirement became a passion. Today, he’s a special needs teacher in Neillsville who has travelled across the globe to coach athletes in national and international Special Olympics competitions.
November is National Diabetes Month
2014-11-04 12:47:18 - By: Christina Harris
Diabetes is an ever-growing health concern that affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. alone. Individuals with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for preventable diseases because they often do not receive the healthcare they need, which can be linked to high body mass index, high blood pressure and low activity rates—all contributing factors to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Take simple steps to help lower everyone's risk of diabetes & improve everyday health.
Meet Wisconsin's World Games Delegates
2014-11-04 11:25:07 - By: Christina Harris
Watch out Los Angeles! A few new stars are coming to town. Three Wisconsin athletes, three coaches, two staff members and one Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Final Leg runner will take center stage when they represent Team USA at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games from July 25-August 2, 2015. Meet your Team USA representatives!
Project UNIFY is for YOU!
2014-11-03 16:22:24 - By: Christina Harris
If you thought you missed your chance to learn more about Project UNIFY at one of the three Leadership Forums, you are in luck, because we recorded one of them!
There's an APP for that!
2014-11-03 16:22:16 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin's Healthy Communities is leading the way in providing access to meaningful, relevant health resources and education for athletes and coaches. The use of mobile devices is a revolutionary new platform to share valuable disability and health information. Generally apps may cost a couple of dollars to purchase, however there are also a number of handy free apps available.
World's Largest Truck Convoy raises more than $122,000!
2014-11-03 16:22:09 - By: Christina Harris
On September 20, truckers and law enforcement officials raised a record-shattering $122,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin at the 10th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy® presented by Quad/Graphics and EH Wolf & Sons.
Featured Athlete-Jodi Zimmerman
2014-11-03 11:26:41 - By: Christina Harris
Knocking down pins is Jodi Zimmerman’s idea of a good time. Every Saturday, she polishes her purple bowling ball, ties up her white bowling shoes, rubs her lucky 300 pin for good luck and heads to the alley.
Buy an Icon, Teach Athletes Employability Skills
2014-11-03 11:09:30 - By: Christina Harris
It may just look like a piece of paper, but when you buy an icon at your local Kwik Trip store from November 7 to 20, you are transforming the life of a Special Olympics athlete. Buying an icon not only helps future athletes enjoy gift of sport, it can teach them employability skills needed to join the workforce. Two Kwik Trip employees witnessed these benefits first-hand.
High School Senior Builds Life-Long Friendships through Club Unify
2014-10-30 10:43:44 - By: Maddie Hamburg, Mt. Horeb High School Senior
Club Unify got off to a strong start this school year with students gathering after school to plan for the homecoming parade. We played get-to-know-you games for our new club members, shared snacks and brainstormed ideas about our part of the parade. Our big goal was to stand out to the community so together, we decided to tie-dye T-shirts and wear them in the parade. The week before homecoming, we held another meeting after school and had a tie-dye party. It was a blast!
Eight-Year-Old Athlete Garners National Attention After Scoring Touchdown at High School Game
2014-10-29 09:40:05 - By: Christina Harris
With 11 older, athletic brothers and sisters, Gabe White was born cheering on his role models from the sidelines. This year, his big brother Owen’s freshmen football team at Rhinelander High School, recognized him for his positive attitude off the playing field, naming as an honorary captain. Whether he’s punting with the team during practice or playing catch on the sidelines during games, Gabe brings a smile to everyone’s face.A few weeks ago, the team decided it was time to return the favor.
Featured Young Athlete: Adventures with Henry by Beth Wisniewski
2014-10-15 14:24:37 - By: Christina Harris
When Henry was born in April 2012, little did I realize the kind of adventures he would get me into! We could tell early on that Henry would be a rough-housing, playing in the dirt, kind of boy. When we pick him up from day care, he is covered head to toe in dirt from playing outside. A day is not complete if he doesn’t wrestle with Daddy. Henry should be having all these adventures. But me? There is no chance I’m going to do something crazy like rappelling down the side of a building!
Coaching Strengthens Athlete’s Confidence
2014-10-15 09:05:51 - By: Christina Harris
Twenty-three-year-old Becca Stelpflug was hooked on Special Olympics from the moment she shot her first three-pointer. Since she joined the organization 15 years ago, she’s competed in bowling, basketball, swimming, volleyball, snow shoeing and golf. But even the most die-hard athletes need a break now and then.
From the Desk of the Amy Verheyden, Agency Management Committee Member
2014-10-06 14:34:17 - By: Christina Harris
I had the privilege and honor these past couple of weekends to be asked to speak at the Leadership Conferences in Madison and Appleton. In talking with participants, it was evident that quite a variety of people attended…from parents, to volunteers, to Agency Managers to athletes. It was fun to see the diversity. One message was clear to me: we are all there for the same reason which is to help make the lives of the athletes who are served by Special Olympics Wisconsin better.
Fans Wanted at Special Olympics Wisconsin State Flag Football Tournament
2014-10-01 08:56:52 - By: Bari Bates
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) will host the State Flag Football Tournament in Neenah, Wisconsin for the first-time ever. Flag football is the most recent addition to Special Olympics’ menu of sports. Athletes will travel across the state to compete in a 5 vs. 5 game.
Changing the World is a Contact Sport. Game On.
2014-09-29 16:06:37 - By: Christina Harris
It’s game time! Are you ready for a Unified Generation? For too long, people have neglected and discriminated individuals with intellectual disabilities. You have the power to change this. Get out and play. Unified. Shred stereotypes and shout out acceptance.

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

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

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

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