Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Katelynn Fulweber of Ashland 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.
Fulweber, who has been involved with SOWI for six years, participates in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Outside of competition, Fulweber is a member of the SOWI Athlete Input Council (AIC) for her Agency, the Chequamegon Bay Area Athletes. As a member of the AIC, Fulweber attends workshops, assist with local fundraising and works with her Agency to address local issues or events. When she’s not training for Special Olympics, Fulweber works at Hotel Chequamegon
“I used to be very shy and afraid to try new things,” said Fulweber. “Because of Special Olympics I can do new things or try new sports and prove to myself that I can do it.”
This will be Fulweber’s first trip to the USA Games. She will compete in aquatics and will be one of 86 delegates representing Team Wisconsin at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey.
SOWI will host an official training camp for Team Wisconsin athletes on May 17-18, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The 2014 USA Games will showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and celebrate the transformative power of Special Olympics. A total of 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches and delegates, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 spectators will attend.
Sports competition will be held at venues throughout Mercer County, New Jersey, including Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Park and several area private schools. There will be ample opportunities for supporters across the state to show their spirit and join the team through volunteerism, donations and attendance. For more information or to learn more about how you can support a local athlete, visit www.SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org/USAGames.