Kenosha officer to escort Special Olympics Flame of Hope (Kenosha News)

January 30, 2018 Featured, Press

Kenosha Police Officer Kate Schaper didn’t expect volunteering at her first Special Olympics Wisconsin event to change her life. Nine years ago, Schaper volunteered to hand out awards while in uniform at a Racine competition, but she wasn’t having a...


Kenosha Polar Plunge Chair and LETR superstar heading to Seattle for the USA Games

January 25, 2018 Blog, Featured

About nine years ago, when Kenosha Police Officer Kate Schaper agreed to attend her first Special Olympics Wisconsin event to hand out awards, little did she know the experience would change her life forever. And in fact, the life-changing experience...


SOWI athlete Daina Shilts returns to Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding at X Games Aspen

January 19, 2018 Featured, Press

Madison, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – When X Games Aspen returns to celebrate its 17th year in Aspen Snowmass, Colo., from January 25-28, the winter action sports and youth lifestyle festival will descend upon Buttermilk Mountain and showcase the talents of more...


Winter Warriors hit the slopes and trails of Wausau this weekend

January 19, 2018 Blog, Featured

When the 160+ SOWI athletes from across the state converge on Wausau this weekend for the Special Olympics Wisconsin State Winter Games, they’ll be bringing a nice mix of winter warrior experience. For SOWI athletes Heidi Van Abel, Daina Shilts...


Team Wisconsin roommates step up their training for the USA Games

January 5, 2018 Blog, Featured

As we all know and recently experienced, the holidays can be a tough time to stay in shape. Cakes, candies and cookies are seemingly everywhere and constantly within reach. It’s no coincidence that the most common New Year’s Resolution is...


Columbus High’s Jahlieh Gardipee steers SOWI’s Youth Activation Committee to the USA Games and the future

November 28, 2017 Blog, Featured

SOWI volunteer Jahlieh Gardipee is a true Jill of all trades. She’s a special education teacher at Columbus High School, where she has turned the school into one of the model Unified Champion School (UCS) programs in Wisconsin as the...


Captain Becker looks to lead the Wood County Sheriff’s Department back to LETR victory at the 2018 Polar Plunge

November 28, 2017 Blog, Featured

Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, they say. When it comes to joining the Special Olympics movement as a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Wisconsin, this certainly holds true. Every member of the...


SOWI athletes have lots to be thankful for this year

November 21, 2017 Blog, Featured

As SOWI athletes around the state prepare to sit down with family and friends to stuff themselves silly and give thanks this week, many athletes might be thinking about what the Special Olympics movement means to them during this time...


Neillsville athlete Daina Shilts to receive Hometown Hero Award (Wausau Daily Herald)

November 6, 2017 Featured, Press

NEILLSVILLE — Daina Shilts of Neillsville will be recognized as a Hometown Hero on Tuesday by the Wisconsin State Assembly.



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