Wausau, Oshkosh, Whitewater, Wisconsin Dells welcome back State Games
Special Olympics Wisconsin announced its 2024 competition slate, highlighted by a return to Wausau, Oshkosh, Whitewater, and Wisconsin Dells for its seasonal tournament series.
The greater Wausau area will welcome around 120 athletes to Special Olympics Wisconsin Winter Games February 10-11. Alpine skiing and snowboarding will take place at Granite Peak Saturday, with Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing spanning both days at Nine Mile Forest.
More than 1,000 basketball and swimming athletes are anticipated to converge upon the campus of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Special Olympics Wisconsin Spring Games Friday through Sunday, April 12-14. The Spring Games will feature 3v3 Basketball, Basketball Skills, Team Basketball, and multiple Swimming events throughout the three days of competition.
After a wildly successful first year, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will once again host Special Olympics Wisconsin Summer Games June 6-8. Upwards of 1,500 statewide athletes competing in Athletics (Track & Field), Cornhole, Powerlifting, Soccer, and Tennis will take over campus facilities throughout from Thursday to Saturday.
Wisconsin Dells’ Woodside Sports Complex will also return as a host following its inaugural year as Special Olympics Wisconsin Fall Games venue. More than 1,000 athletes in Bocce, Flag Football, and Softball will compete September 6-8.
The Fall sports season also includes three independent culminating events. Statewide athletes can compete at a pair of State Golf Tournaments, taking place August 24 at Ledgeview Golf Course in De Pere and at Kestrel Ridge in Columbus on September 22. The State Volleyball Tournament returns to Menomonee Falls’ Milwaukee Sting Center on November 2. The State Bowling Tournament rounds out the year at Dale’s Weston Lanes in Wausau December 7-8.
Complementing many of Special Olympics Wisconsin’s sports competitions, the SOWI Health team is set to host a series of health-focused activities, including all eight Healthy Athletes disciplines in 2024. All members of the SOWI community—not just those competing at State Games—are welcome to attend all Healthy Athletes events.
A full list of upcoming Special Olympics Wisconsin events can be found on our Event Calendar.
Thousands of volunteers are needed for SOWI events throughout the year. Each will receive a free T-shirt. A great service opportunity for all, Special Olympics Wisconsin needs continued support from all of our host communities to help to bring these Games to life. A direct link to register can be found here.