The 2019 Special Olympics World Games will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates March 14-21, 2019. This will mark the first time a Special Olympics World Games will be held in the Middle East North Africa region since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. 7,500 athletes will be representing more than 170 countries in 24 sports. It will be the largest humanitarian sports event in 2019.
Special Olympics Wisconsin in Abu Dhabi
Special Olympics Wisconsin will be sending ten representatives to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games as athletes, Unified partners, coaches, and Torch Runners in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics.
- Special Olympics Wisconsin will be represented on the Special Olympics USA team in:
- Unified Bowling by athlete Joanna Stein and Unified partner Patricia Pipkorn
- Unified Golf by athlete Ryon Knodl and Unified partner Ken Kuemmerlein
- Athletics by coaches Bonita Kahn, Steve Meurett and Debra Moore-Gruenloh
- Tennis by sport manager Melissa Maxwell
- Special Olympics Wisconsin will be represented in The Final Leg by athlete Zechariah Tietz and Officer Bryan Wangnoss
Special Olympics Wisconsin will also have several volunteers serving in officiating roles in sports like athletics, basketball and bocce. Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Mark Wolfgram will be in Abu Dhabi to help coordinate and run the basketball tournaments during the World Games as the assistant technical delegate.