It is a very big deal to us

May 11, 2018 Blog, Featured

Jerry Halboth is a SOWI athlete from Williams Bay. He has been a SOWI athlete for more than 20 years. For Spread the Word to End the Word Day in March, Halboth wrote passionately on Facebook about what Special Olympics and the...


Kim’s swimming dreams will become a reality in Seattle

May 9, 2018 Blog, Featured

Kim Raatz has been a Special Olympics Wisconsin athlete since 1994 and she competes as a member of the North Suburban agency. She will be representing Wisconsin in swimming at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle this summer. Her mother, Sue, has...


From restaurant menu sketch to Wisconsin tradition: La Crosse celebrates the 20th Annual Polar Plunge

March 28, 2018 Blog, Featured

Twenty years ago, Special Olympics Wisconsin staff members Kerry Gloede and Bill Fish along with the Chief of the Onalaska Police Department, Randy Williams, traveled all the way out to Alaska for a Law Enforcement Torch Run conference. While there,...


The 100-day Countdown to the Special Olympics USA Games begins now!

March 23, 2018 Blog, Featured, Press

Madison, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – 100 days from today, 49 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes and five Unified partners will begin their competition at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, Washington. From July 1-6, Team Wisconsin will be competing in basketball, bocce,...


School District of Milton Tops $18,000 for Wisconsin Special Olympics (School District of Milton)

March 13, 2018 Featured, Press

Milton, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – The School District of Milton is pleased to announce that students and staff throughout the district raised more than $18,000 for Wisconsin Special Olympics during their participation in this year’s Polar Plunge in Whitewater.


“Not everyone gets to have someone as special as my uncle in their life”

March 7, 2018 Blog, Featured

Niki Nelson is a police specialist with the Waukesha Police Department. She has personified the spirit of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin for nearly 20 years. Last year she represented Wisconsin for the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch...


End the Word

March 7, 2018 Blog, Featured

Vince Vitrano is an Emmy Award-winning anchor with TODAY’S TMJ4 in Milwaukee. He is also a member of Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Board of Directors. For this year’s Spread the Word to End the Word Day, Vitrano has written about his passion for Special...


A SOWI staff member reflects on the Inclusion Revolution and the R-word

March 7, 2018 Blog, Featured

Brittany Neukirchen is the Director of Special Events for the southeastern region of Wisconsin, covering Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock and Walworth counties. She has been on SOWI staff for 5 1/2 years and she is a leading advocate for inclusion...


The Polar Plunge inspires the Madison Capitols’ first Special Olympics Night

March 5, 2018 Blog, Events, Featured

Former Badgers national champion and professional hockey player Andrew Joudrey took his very first Polar Plunge in Madison last month. Now serving as president of the Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League, Joudrey also brought along the Capitols’...



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