12 Days of SOWI

December 14, 2021 Blog, Featured

Join us as we celebrate “12 Days of SOWI” this holiday season! For the second straight year we highlight our talented athletes and the many other wonderful people who help make our tight-knit SOWI community so incredible. Before we look...


Travis Stuckart, athlete-coach, on going to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

November 1, 2021 Blog, Featured

“(Being) a USA Games coach is something that I could have never imagined when I began in Special Olympics. I was born with a rare birth defect called PKU, which means I was born without the enzyme needed to breakdown...


Tom Golisano Gifts $30 Million to Special Olympics to Expand Critical Health Services Globally for People with Intellectual Disabilities

September 22, 2021 Blog, Featured, Press

Madison, WI, September 22, 2021 – Special Olympics International announced last week that it has received its largest single private gift in the organization’s 53-year history. Tom Golisano, Paychex founder, philanthropist and father of a son with an intellectual disability (ID),...


Dane County Awards Nearly $5 Million in COVID Relief Grants to 183 Local Nonprofits

September 21, 2021 Blog, Featured, Press

  MADISON, Wis., September 14, 2021 – Many Dane County nonprofit organizations that faced financial strain in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic just received some welcome assistance from the County. Today, Madison Community Foundation (MCF) and Dane County Executive...


Returning to Play, by Athlete Lucas Smith

August 30, 2021 Blog, Featured

– An athlete’s reflection on the State Outdoor Sports Tournament.  August 7th, 2021, marked a very special date for many Special Olympics athletes including myself. It was a day that many will remember for being the first taste of state...


Health Messengers

August 30, 2021 Blog

Special Olympics. “Health Messengers.” SpecialOlympics.org, SpecialOlympics.org, 16 June 2020, www.specialolympics.org/our-work/inclusive-health/health-messengers. The only way to end exclusion is to have people who face these challenges daily help create the solution. People with intellectual disabilities are guiding us toward solutions in our...


‘More than a medal:’ Special Olympics continues Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s fight for societal inclusion

August 30, 2021 Blog, Featured

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘More than a medal:’ Special Olympics continues Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s fight for societal inclusion Loretta Claiborne said she was used to being unseen growing up in the 1960s. She was a Black girl who loved to...


The Differences Between The Olympics, Paralympics And Special Olympics

August 30, 2021 Blog, Featured

Treisman, Rachel. “The Differences between the Olympics, Paralympics and Special Olympics.” NPR, NPR, 24 Aug. 2021, www.npr.org/2021/08/24/1030630925/olympics-paralympics-special-olympics-difference. Fireworks are seen above the Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic...


SOWI joins Unified Champion City Schools initiative to accelerate urban programming and promote social inclusion

July 29, 2021 Blog

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) in the Special Olympics North America Unified Champion City Schools (UCCS) initiative this fall. UCCS is a focused approach to amplify the essential elements of Unified...



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