Meet Team Wisconsin Athlete, Samantha DuMez

January 27, 2014

Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Samantha DuMez of Sheboygan 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.

DuMez, who has been involved with SOWI for 13 years, participates in aquatics, basketball, bowling and softball. Last spring, DuMez acted in her first theater performance, playing the Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast. When she’s not training for Special Olympics or acting on stage, DuMez works at Weiman’s Sport Center. One day, DuMez hopes to become a Special Olympics Ambassador and continue to promote the organization’s mission and movement on a larger scale. 

“I am ecstatic about this opportunity and think this is my greatest adventure,” said DuMez about attending the USA Games. “I am excited to meet new people and compete in bowling, my favorite sport.” 

This will be DuMez’s first trip to the USA Games. She will compete in bowling 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

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