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Sports Offered

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

Outdoor Sports Tournament Fact Sheet

Date:August 3, 2013
Location:Waukesha, WI
Text SOWIOST to 51555 to receive weather and event updates (standard text messaging rates apply)

Results - 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
Results

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
Results

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

Summer Games Fact Sheet

Date: June 6-8, 2013
Location: UW-Stevens Point - Stevens Point, WI
Results

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 Team Wisconsin Athlete, Nathanel Schmidt
2014-04-18 14:39:27 - By: Andrew Klossner
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Nathanel Schmidt of Merrill as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete John Dennis Ryder.
2014-04-17 09:24:56 - By: Andrew Klossner
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected 17-year-old John Dennis Ryder of Whitelaw as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Michael Reynolds
2014-04-14 15:13:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Michael Reynolds of Waupaca as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Cindy Redlich
2014-04-09 08:57:34 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Cindy Redlich of Hartland as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Olivia Quigley
2014-04-09 08:57:26 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Olivia Quigley of Elm Grove as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Adam Hale’s Journey from Athlete to Coach
2014-04-08 12:09:14 - By: Andrew Klossner
Adam Hale, 27, has participated in Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) sports for more than half his life. In his 15 years with the organization, he has competed in basketball skills, team basketball, athletics (track and field), bowling, and bocce.
Athlete Coach Highlight: Dr. Murray Bernstein
2014-04-08 11:31:57 - By: Andrew Klossner
At 76-years-old, Dr. Murray Bernstein isn’t slowing down. He’s a Waukesha Area Technical College Psychology Professor, the Veteran Quest Clinic’s Clinical Director, and a Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) Tennis and Snowshoe Racing Coach.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Melanie Olivo
2014-04-08 09:03:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Melanie Olivo of Ashland as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
The Indoor Sports Tournament (IST) is on as scheduled!
2014-04-04 10:13:14 - By: Andrew Klossner
We are aware of the weather conditions in the northern part of the state. For our northern delegations, please travel safely to Oshkosh! If you feel the weather and driving conditions are too dangerous, please contact Tournament Central (608-520-0840) so we know you are safe at home. We hope everyone makes it safely to the tournament! Best of luck to all of the athletes competing this weekend!
Meet Thomas Mislivecek, Team Wisconsin Athlete
2014-04-03 12:55:53 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Thomas Mislivecek of Viroqua as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Hannah Medo
2014-03-27 09:28:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Hannah Medo of Stevens Point as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Patrick Lynch
2014-03-27 09:27:33 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Patrick Lynch of Milwaukee as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Peter Liu
2014-03-27 09:23:18 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Peter Liu of Madison as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Alberto Larabee
2014-03-26 09:18:39 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Alberto Larabee of Eau Claire as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Joshua Kuhls
2014-03-24 08:22:20 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Joshua Kuhls of Cazenovia as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.

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
www.SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org

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

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