“Being part of such a great group makes me proud and very happy.”

This week we hear from 2018 USA Games Delegate Rachael Fedor of La Crosse!

How and when did you become involved with SOWI?
I moved to Holmen, Wisconsin in June of 2015 after graduating high school in New York. Friends of my parents told them about Special Olympics as they were looking for some activities for me to get involved with and to meet new friends once I got here. I started with flag football in August of last year and that’s how I became involved with Special Olympics to start.

What sport(s) do you participate in and what is your favorite sport?
I participate in flag football, bowling, soccer and softball. I would have to say that soccer is my favorite since I played soccer in school back in New York.


Playing soccer– Rachael’s favorite sport!

What do you like most about being involved with SOWI?
I really like all of the coaches and staff. They are so nice and helpful and always have a smile on their face. I love meeting new people and have made several friends because of getting involved in Special Olympics. It has also helped me stay active. It’s like a whole other family!

What is your favorite SOWI memory?
My favorite memory would have to be winning State for soccer! We all had so much fun and it was really great how our team worked together to win the championship. I also would have to say playing softball against the La Crosse police department! They were so much fun and everyone had a great time that night!


Competing at the State Summer Games

How would your life be different if you never joined SOWI?
I think I would be bored and have a very hard time meeting people that have disabilities like me and making friends. Being part of such a great group makes me proud and very happy.

Why do you think other people should get involved with SOWI?
It is a great way to meet new people and get involved in your community. Playing sports is also so much fun! It’s also a great way to meet new people and coaches that can help mentor you. It doesn’t take much time and you could really help change someone’s life.

Anything else you would like to share?
Special Olympics has really changed my life for the positive! I have made such good friends and even my parents have become so involved! They started coaching and they also have get- togethers at our house for the athletes, bring snacks and waters to each practice and chaperone events for the athletes to attend. We, as a family, are so proud to be part of such an amazing organization!