Special Olympics Wisconsin Athlete, Martha Hill, Joins Special Olympics Wisconsin Board of Directors

December 16, 2013

Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is pleased to announce Martha Hill, a Special Olympics Wisconsin athlete from Sheboygan, has been appointed to the Board of Directors.

Hill, 34, has been involved with SOWI for nearly 20 years not only as an athlete, but also as a spokesperson for the organization. During the last two decades, she has competed in golf at the local, regional and State levels and participated in the 2007 and 2009 Special Olympics World Games. She has served as a member of the Athlete Input Council from 2007-2011 where she discussed statewide issues, helped with fundraising and the Athlete Leadership Program (ALPs).  She also served as an International Global Messenger from 2007-2009 where she represented the USA and Special Olympics worldwide.

Hill said she is thrilled to become a member of the Board of Directors, explaining that the athletes are the most effective spokespeople for the athletes.

“I believe it is important to listen to the voice of the athlete and for the athletes to be part of the decision-making process,” she said.

Hill also has a well-rounded understanding of the mission of the organization and the importance of the volunteers who make Special Olympics possible. From 2008-2012, she gave input on fundraising initiatives in Wisconsin and worldwide as a member for the State and International Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) committees. The LETR is a volunteer movement established by members of law enforcement with the goal of increasing awareness and raising funds for Special Olympics.

Hill recently began long distance running with ultra marathon runner and trainer Roy Pirrung and his wife as part of the new SO FIT! program through SOWI and her goal is to compete in a community 5K. When she’s not competing or speaking about Special Olympics, Hill works as at Woodlake Market and enjoys singing in her church choir at Ebenezer UCC in Sheboygan.

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