Kenosha officer to escort Special Olympics Flame of Hope (Kenosha News)

January 30, 2018 Featured, Press

Kenosha Police Officer Kate Schaper didn’t expect volunteering at her first Special Olympics Wisconsin event to change her life. Nine years ago, Schaper volunteered to hand out awards while in uniform at a Racine competition, but she wasn’t having a...


Kenosha Polar Plunge Chair and LETR superstar heading to Seattle for the USA Games

January 25, 2018 Blog, Featured

About nine years ago, when Kenosha Police Officer Kate Schaper agreed to attend her first Special Olympics Wisconsin event to hand out awards, little did she know the experience would change her life forever. And in fact, the life-changing experience...


Team Wisconsin roommates step up their training for the USA Games

January 5, 2018 Blog, Featured

As we all know and recently experienced, the holidays can be a tough time to stay in shape. Cakes, candies and cookies are seemingly everywhere and constantly within reach. It’s no coincidence that the most common New Year’s Resolution is...


Columbus High’s Jahlieh Gardipee steers SOWI’s Youth Activation Committee to the USA Games and the future

November 28, 2017 Blog, Featured

SOWI volunteer Jahlieh Gardipee is a true Jill of all trades. She’s a special education teacher at Columbus High School, where she has turned the school into one of the model Unified Champion School (UCS) programs in Wisconsin as the...


Bowling season helps prepare Team Wisconsin for the 2018 USA Games

November 3, 2017 Blog, Featured

In addition to being tons of fun, this bowling season has been a great opportunity for the members of the Team Wisconsin bowling squad to prepare for the 2018 USA Games in Seattle. The SOWI bowling season began October 14...


“I’m going!” UWM superfan, Panthers manager receives invite to USA Games (WISN 12 News)

October 19, 2017 Featured, Press

MILWAUKEE — Michael Poll is well-known around Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. He spends hours on the court, field and sidelines, his cognitive disabilities unmatched by his love of life, sport and people.


Team Wisconsin swimmer reviews the film Swim Team

October 3, 2017 Blog, Events, Featured

On Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, 2017 three of the eight members of Team Wisconsin’s swim team for the 2018 USA Games attended a screening of the film Swim Team at the Milwaukee Film Festival. SOWI was a...


The journey to the 2018 USA Games in Seattle begins for Team Wisconsin

September 28, 2017 Blog, Events

Last week, following a very successful USA Games Selection Camp, selected athletes and Unified partners received the news that they were chosen to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, Washington. The USA Games will take place...


Oshkosh Police surprise Special Olympics athlete with great news (NBC26)

September 22, 2017 Featured, Press

OSHKOSH, Wis. – For most high school students, seeing a police officer come into your classroom is scary. But for one Oshkosh North junior Thursday, it was actually the opposite.



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