The Power of a Smile

February 21, 2024 Blog, Featured

True peace begins with a smile and science tell us that smiling improves our mood, and those who smile tend to be happier, more energetic, and healthier. However, for many Special Olympics athletes, access to the dental care required to...


SOWI Team Heads to D.C. for Capitol Hill Days

February 13, 2024 Blog, Events, Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin Athlete Annie Mulligan and Unified Partner Daisy Lang, along with SOWI President & CEO Chad Hershner and VP of Marketing & Communications Addie Teeters, represented SOWI in Washington, D.C. for Special Olympics’ annual Capitol Hill Day advocacy...


Polar Plunge Celebrates 25 Years

December 21, 2023 Blog, Events, Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin debuts 2024 Polar Plunge campaign with inclusive plunge, anniversary celebration Thousands of Special Olympics Wisconsin supporters across the state will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” at the 2024 Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics Wisconsin. This year’s slate...


Teeters Announced as SOWI VP of Marketing & Communications

August 21, 2023 Blog, Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin and its Board of Directors has announced Addie Teeters as the next Vice President of Marketing & Communications. “Addie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization and has a deep personal passion for the...


Reising Named SOWI VP of Development

August 14, 2023 Blog, Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin and its Board of Directors has announced Nicholas Reising as the next Vice President of Development. “We are thrilled to have Nick join the team,” SOWI President & CEO Chad Hershner said. “He brings vast knowledge of...


DHS Awards $191K to SOWI Inclusive Health

July 31, 2023 Blog, Press

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) $191,000 to expand its Inclusive Health program. This grant is part of a statewide effort intended to improve Medicaid home and community-based services that help older adults...


World Games Berlin Offers Medals & Memories for SOWI

June 30, 2023 Blog, Events, Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin was well-represented at Special Olympics World Games Berlin this June, sending a strong contingency of athletes, coaches, and support staff representing Team Special Olympics USA. Medals were won, memories were made, and an incredible experience for all...


2023 Summer Games a Smash at UW-Whitewater

June 22, 2023 Blog, Events, Featured, Press

Nearly 1,200 athletes from across the state were welcomed to compete in the 2023 Special Olympics Wisconsin Summer Games on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Summer Games featured competition in Athletics (Track & Field), Cornhole, Powerlifting (supported by...


Kaczmarski, Tarmann Honored as 2023 LETR Dale Brunner Hall of Fame Awardees

June 15, 2023 Blog, Events, Featured, Press

Shari Kaczmarski and Chris Tarmann awarded prestigious Special Olympics Wisconsin service honor Dane County Deputy Shari Kaczmarski and Acting Chief of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Police Department Chris Tarmann were named 2023 recipients of the Dale Brunner Hall of Fame Award,...



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