Tom Golisano Gifts $30 Million to Special Olympics to Expand Critical Health Services Globally for People with Intellectual Disabilities

September 22, 2021 Blog, Featured, Press

Madison, WI, September 22, 2021 – Special Olympics International announced last week that it has received its largest single private gift in the organization’s 53-year history. Tom Golisano, Paychex founder, philanthropist and father of a son with an intellectual disability (ID),...


‘More than a medal:’ Special Olympics continues Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s fight for societal inclusion

August 30, 2021 Blog, Featured

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘More than a medal:’ Special Olympics continues Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s fight for societal inclusion Loretta Claiborne said she was used to being unseen growing up in the 1960s. She was a Black girl who loved to...


The Differences Between The Olympics, Paralympics And Special Olympics

August 30, 2021 Blog, Featured

Treisman, Rachel. “The Differences between the Olympics, Paralympics and Special Olympics.” NPR, NPR, 24 Aug. 2021, www.npr.org/2021/08/24/1030630925/olympics-paralympics-special-olympics-difference. Fireworks are seen above the Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic...


SOWI athlete leaders help pilot Healthy Relationships

July 9, 2021 Featured

All people have a right to healthy and safe relationships. That’s the fundamental concept of the Healthy Relationships Pilot Project that members of the Special Olympics Wisconsin community recently participated in. Special Olympics Wisconsin was one of just four states...


Unified Leadership Conference brings community together, “no matter the distance”

June 4, 2021 Blog, Events

On the morning of May 22, dozens of SOWI athletes, coaches, volunteers, board members and staff came together (via Zoom) in the first-ever virtual Unified Leadership Conference to show that “no matter the distance,” Unified Leadership is as strong as...


Special Olympics encourages COVID-19 vaccinations

March 29, 2021 Blog

Special Olympics and Special Olympics Wisconsin encourage you to get vaccinated if you have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine works...


Spread the Word for Inclusion all month long with SOWI

February 26, 2021 Blog, Events

Join us during the whole month of March as we highlight the Spread the Word >> Inclusion campaign and signal to our fellow Wisconsinites that inclusion is the way forward. This annual partnership between Special Olympics, Best Buddies International and...


SOWI athletes get creative in finding ways to inspire

November 9, 2020 Blog, Featured

While COVID-19 has made for a fall with fewer Special Olympics Wisconsin activities than in a normal year, many SOWI athletes were able to find creative ways to stay engaged with the SOWI community and inspire others in new and...


SOWI athletes prove essential during pandemic

July 2, 2020 Blog, Featured

While many of us across Wisconsin have spent much of the last few months social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19, many people have been hard at work on the frontlines keeping essential businesses open. Although society came...



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