Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Stephanie Becker of Milwaukee 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.
Becker, who has been involved with SOWI for 18 years, participates in basketball, bocce, powerlifting, softball and volleyball. She calls her husband Craig Becker, who will be joining her as a member of Team Wisconsin, her biggest fan. Special Olympics has also helped her accomplish her goal of living a healthier lifestyle. Through her training and competition, Becker has lost 30 pounds. When she’s not training for Special Olympics, Backer works at Gilles Frozen Custard.
“I am very excited about attending the USA Games,” said Becker. “I’m excited to meet new people from others states.”
This will be Becker’s first trip to the USA Games. She will compete in volleyball 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.