Celebrating 50 Years of Unity and Empowerment

July 5, 2018 Events, Press

The spark that became today’s Special Olympics movement was ignited at the first 1968 International Summer Games in Chicago, Illinois. Five decades later, Special Olympics is returning to Chicago to launch the year-long global Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebrations this July. Starting July...


It is a very big deal to us

May 11, 2018 Blog, Featured

Jerry Halboth is a SOWI athlete from Williams Bay. He has been a SOWI athlete for more than 20 years. For Spread the Word to End the Word Day in March, Halboth wrote passionately on Facebook about what Special Olympics and the...


Delta Dental of Wisconsin awards SOWI with $30,000 grant for Special Smiles in 2018

March 28, 2018 Blog

Special Olympics Wisconsin is pleased to announce that they were awarded a $30,000 grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin to support its Special Smiles program in 2018 and improve access to dental care and information on oral health for its...


“Not everyone gets to have someone as special as my uncle in their life”

March 7, 2018 Blog, Featured

Niki Nelson is a police specialist with the Waukesha Police Department. She has personified the spirit of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin for nearly 20 years. Last year she represented Wisconsin for the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch...


End the Word

March 7, 2018 Blog, Featured

Vince Vitrano is an Emmy Award-winning anchor with TODAY’S TMJ4 in Milwaukee. He is also a member of Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Board of Directors. For this year’s Spread the Word to End the Word Day, Vitrano has written about his passion for Special...


A SOWI staff member reflects on the Inclusion Revolution and the R-word

March 7, 2018 Blog, Featured

Brittany Neukirchen is the Director of Special Events for the southeastern region of Wisconsin, covering Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock and Walworth counties. She has been on SOWI staff for 5 1/2 years and she is a leading advocate for inclusion...


The next 50 years of the Inclusion Revolution begin now!

March 1, 2018 Blog, Events

It’s hard to know if Eunice Kennedy Shriver truly understood the magnitude of what she was beginning when she kicked off the first Special Olympics International Summer Games at Soldier Field on July 20, 1968. When she concluded her opening...


What the Inclusion Revolution means to a student leader in the movement

February 28, 2018 Blog, Featured

Hannah Roehrig is a senior at Brillion High School and the president of their Unified Champion School program. She is a leader in the Inclusion Revolution in schools in Wisconsin and earlier this month she traveled to Washington, DC with the Special...


SOWI athletes have lots to be thankful for this year

November 21, 2017 Blog, Featured

As SOWI athletes around the state prepare to sit down with family and friends to stuff themselves silly and give thanks this week, many athletes might be thinking about what the Special Olympics movement means to them during this time...



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