Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Erika Weiss of Brookfield as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Since she joined SOWI, Weiss has competed in Special Olympics basketball, bowling, and athletics (track and field). Weiss said while she has epilepsy, her team supports her and it is beneficial to continue to be active. According to Weiss, Special Olympics helps her stay fit and feel like a winner.
“When I get medals and ribbons, I stand on the podium and everyone claps—that makes me feel like a champion,” she said.
This is her first time attending the Special Olympics USA Games and she is proud to have been selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I am looking forward to a fun experience where I can make friends and see a new place in the country. It will be fun to prepare and get even better [at my sport]!”
When she is not competing or training, Weiss works at the Wisconsin Athletic Club. Weiss will compete in athletics and will be one of 90 delegates representing Team Wisconsin at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. Support Weiss and her trip to the 2014 USA Games at www.SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org/USAGames.