Bill Semmens inducted into Janesville Sports Hall of Fame

June 1, 2018 Blog, Featured

“I want to thank all of the other inductees for what you did tonight. You all went over the time limit. I timed ya!” Bill Semmens joked as he held up a stopwatch to laughter in the crowd. But for...


A four-decade Strasser family tradition

June 1, 2018 Blog, Featured

The State Summer Games in Stevens Point is a family affair for many Wisconsin families, some of whom have looked forward to it for years as a summer tradition on par with the annual trip to the cabin in the...


Columbus students invited to Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle (Columbus Journal)

May 31, 2018 Featured, Press

Best friends Erica Patrick and Kira Janisch have shared a lot through the years, but in a few weeks, they will embark on an experience of a lifetime.


Wood County Sheriff’s Department tops Wisconsin Law Enforcement Challenge by raising more than $11,000 for Special Olympics athletes!

May 18, 2018 Blog, Press

Wausau, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – In honor of National Police Week, Special Olympics Wisconsin would like to recognize the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. For the second year in a row, they were the top-earning law enforcement team participating in the...


From restaurant menu sketch to Wisconsin tradition: La Crosse celebrates the 20th Annual Polar Plunge

March 28, 2018 Blog, Featured

Twenty years ago, Special Olympics Wisconsin staff members Kerry Gloede and Bill Fish along with the Chief of the Onalaska Police Department, Randy Williams, traveled all the way out to Alaska for a Law Enforcement Torch Run conference. While there,...


School District of Milton Tops $18,000 for Wisconsin Special Olympics (School District of Milton)

March 13, 2018 Featured, Press

Milton, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – The School District of Milton is pleased to announce that students and staff throughout the district raised more than $18,000 for Wisconsin Special Olympics during their participation in this year’s Polar Plunge in Whitewater.


“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...



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